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Common Questions and Answers

Where should I get access to the water taxi?

Our water taxi sets out from Tairua Marina. Our skipper Alec will guide you from there. 

Do you have a schedule for water taxi transfers?

Yes, normally we transfer people to and from the island from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Please note since boating is very dependent on sea and tide conditions, you may need to wait a little bit.

What time are check-in and check-out?

Check-in is 15:00, check-out is 10:00. We can get you onto the island and help you store your luggage in our lodge. While you wait for your room to be ready, you can use the time to explore the island. When your room is ready, we will let you know and help transfer your luggage to your room. For check-out, you need to pack up before 10:00 AM. If the water taxi is not here, we can help you store your luggage in the lodge or on the wharf and you can hang out on our beautiful island a little bit more. When the water taxi arrives, you can get on the boat and finish your beautiful stay at Slipper.

How long is the boat trip?

It takes 15-30mins to get to our island. When the sea is calm, we can go faster. When the sea is rough, the trip will be slower in order to make it more comfortable. Taking into consideration the time to load and unload luggage, one return boat trip usually takes an hour.

Does the chalet have a kitchen and fridge?

Yes, our chalet has a kitchen and fridge with a BBQ outside on the deck.

Is there a restaurant or bar on the island? Do I need to cook myself?

All our accommodation is self-catering - there are no restaurants or shops on the island, so you will need to bring all your food and drinks with you.

Does the glamping tent have a kitchen and fridge?

It has a small kitchen with a sink, bar fridge, and a BBQ

Where is the best/safest place to swim?

Just outside your doorstep, Home Bay is the perfect place to swim, kayak or snorkel.

Do I need to bring my snorkeling gear?

Yes, we supply kayaks but we don’t have snorkeling gear on the island.

Can I have my wedding on the island?

Please email us at for more information on this.