While on our sailing holiday, we came ashore at Rotoroa Island, formerly an Salvation Army drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and now a conservation estate. Impressive evidence of new plantings, especially of pohutukawa, could be seen at various sites around the island. The island can be reached by ferry.
It is worth dropping in on the visitors’ centre to learn about the island’s earlier life as a rehab centre. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the rows of established Norfolk pine trees, palm trees and baby pohutukawa.
Iggy had to give me his most pleading look to be released from the bleak solitary confinement cell on the visitors’ centre site.
From part-way up the hill, we looked back at the yachts moored at Maimai Bay.
From the top of the hill we enjoyed a view of some of the other islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
Hanging precariously from the top of the hill was the Chris Booth sculpture. From out at sea, this looked like the prow of a ship from one angle and like the Roman numeral IX from another.