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For 100 years, Rotoroa Island was off limits to the public as New Zealand's first and longest running addiction treatment centre.
Today, the island is a conservation estate, rich in history and natural beauty. And to keep it that way, Rotoroa Island needs your help.
In the first of a number of initiatives aimed at building partnerships in the community, Rotoroa Island is now offering the opportunity for members of the public to get involved, by participating in a limited number of volunteer days.
"For over 100 years, Rotoroa Island was an island apart - a place for recovery and renewal - but a place of isolation," says Rotoroa Island team member, Karyn Clare.
"Our volunteer days are all about building relationships and encouraging people to feel part of the island's regeneration. We hope our recent Sea Week event in March, will be the first of a number of days where people can get involved and make a connection with Rotoroa."
360 Discovery Cruises provided a special discounted fare for volunteers, and workers conducted a range of tasks, from thistle-grubbing and tree chipping, to hunting for moth weed.
If you'd like to register your interest in volunteer conservation days on Rotoroa Island, then sign-up for the island's enewsletter by emailing email@example.com to receive notification of upcoming events.
Rotoroa offers three holiday homes, decorated to a high standard in warm vintage 1970's style. Mahoe (sleeps 7) is a lovely home perched atop Rotoroa with sweeping 360 degree views across the Gulf. Where else can you almost have an island to yourself
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