Rotoroa Island was another one of those places I really wanted to visit while we were cruising in New Zealand this summer. I had done some research on it previously and was really intrigued by its history as a Salvation Army alcohol treatment center (along with the neighboring island Pakatoa). The Salvation Army have since closed their facilities on both Rotoroa and Pakatoa Islands. Pakatoa was turned into a resort complex and I believe it is still for sale if you have a lot of cash on hand. Rotoroa has been leased from the Salvation Army and transformed into a conservation island where you can learn about the history of the Sallie's operations on the island, as well as see the efforts that are going into restoring the native flora and fauna. They have a regular ferry service, so if you don't have your own boat, you can still visit and enjoy the island.
|On the wharf there is what looks to be an old run for sheep to be loaded on and off of barges. Sheep make for very handy lawnmowers.|
|This is one of the old buildings still on the island. You can see some of the restoration plantings on the hillside.|
|This was the holding cell where they put people to dry out if needed when they first arrived on the island.|
|The steps up to the chapel.|
|Which was surprisingly locked. I thought that it might be open so that people could have a look inside and perhaps a quiet moment of meditation, prayer, reflection or day-dreaming.|
|After spying on the newlyweds and their friends, we walked up to the cemetery.|
|You can see the graves of former staff and clients and take in some great views of the neighboring islands.|
|And this is how we ended the day. Some Snappy Snapper Chowder made with the snapper Scott caught earlier that day. You can find the recipe here.|
Walk on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014
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