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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 is 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?

The glamping tent doesn’t have a kitchen inside. We have an outdoor kitchen near the glamping tent. (This is a shared kitchen.) Outside on the glamping tent’s deck, there is a BBQ and a small chiller box for you.

I'm staying in the glamping tent, do I have an access to the fridge?

Yes, in the lodge we have a fridge for you to use, again this is a shared kitchen space.

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 snorkelling gear?

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

Do you offer day trips?

We offer day trips on certain days, the water taxi is $60pp return trip for 3+ people on board, or $150 total return trip for 2 or less people. The water taxi usually departs the Tairua Marina at 9:00/10:00am and returns to the mainland at approx. 2:00pm. The water taxi is by appointment only so please book your day trip with us beforehand.

Can I have my wedding on the island?

Please email us at for more information on this.