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Whether we’re getting behind sporting groups, charities, wildlife groups, educational institutions or the local arts, Fullers and 360 Discovery are committed to supporting our local communities and businesses.

Sponsorship of events, individuals or organisations is an important part of our business and a key way to connect with our customers and give something back to our local communities and their growth.

We are also very proud to have a long history of supporting some major local events including:

  • The Waiheke Island Walking Festival.
  • The Dual on Motutapu Island.
  • The Waiheke Jazz Festival.
  • Headland Sculpture on the Gulf.
  • Rangitoto Island’s Bach Tour and Tea during The Auckland Heritage Festival.
  • The Waiheke Onetangi Beach Races.
  • Wildlife releases on Tiritiri Matangi and Rotoroa Islands.

We consider sponsoring events that provide us with the opportunity to communicate our brand values and attributes, showcase local products and services, increase awareness and engagement of the Hauraki Gulf and the destinations we reach. If this sounds like your initiative, then feel free to get in touch with us!

 

A Community Story - Waiheke Island

Since the late 1970s, Fullers Group Ltd (then Gulf Ferries), has been connected to the Waiheke Island people, its community and its growth. Providing a vital transport link with a ferry service that began with two sailings a day and now operating over 20 return sailings a day.

Fullers has quietly contributed millions of dollars to the community of Waiheke Island, with investments contributing to infrastructure, the development of on-island transport, start-up support for business development, supporting local sports teams and event sponsorship.

Some of our main areas of sponsorship and support include:

  • Ensuring sick children and their families get free travel off the island to medical appointments and treatments by working closely with Waiheke’s Jazzy Dean Trust.
  • Helping Waiheke children learn to swim  by partnering with Tepid Baths and providing heavily discounted swimming lessons and ferry fare packages.
  • Working with ARHT (Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust) on their Annual Man O’War Summer Lunch by sponsoring a ferry charter with proceeds from their fundraiser assisting with Auckland Rescue Helicopter’s activity on Waiheke Island.
  • Sponsoring The Waiheke United Football Club and The Waiheke Rams teams, giving some free travel to games in Auckland City.
  • Providing free travel to Waiheke Health Trust’s Radiographer so that Waiheke locals have access to on-island X-ray services.
  • Headland Sculpture on the Gulf – Associate Partner.
  • The Waiheke Island Walking Festival – Key Sponsor.
  • The Waiheke Jazz Festival – Associate Partner.
  • Waiheke Art Gallery.
  • The Wharf 2 Wharf – Key Sponsor.
  • The Waiheke Oyster Festival – Main Sponsor.
  • Onetangi Beach Races – Main Sponsor.
  • Opera on The Gulf – Main Sponsor.
  • Waiheke Wine Growers Expo – Exclusive Sponsor.
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Travel Alerts

Orapiu Wharf – temporary closure

Over the past 4 months Orapiu Wharf has been partially closed due to the steps and boarding platforms requiring repair. We’ve continued operating our service by utilising the front face of the wharf, but this has come with many challenges.
Due to safety concerns for both our crew and passengers, we’ve made the decision to suspend services to the wharf until repairs are made.
Auckland Transport will undertake repairs and have advised they’ll endeavour to have these completed in order for the wharf to be operational prior to Easter.

We understand that Orapiu is a vital link for residents on Waiheke Island for travel to and from Coromandel, and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. During the time of this temporary closure, passengers will need to depart from downtown Auckland. 

 

If you have travel booked departing from Orapiu please contact 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005.


Gulf Harbour Service Update

Yesterday Discovery 3 finished refueling at 5.30pm and had an issue with a starter motor.

We immediately arranged a bus to replace the 5.45pm service, however because of the short time frame this meant we were only able to get a bus at approximately 6.00pm.

Shortly after this a temporary repair was made to Discovery 3 and we made the decision to relocate the vessel to Gulf Harbour to minimise crew working hours. Overnight we replaced the starter motor and she was back in service this morning.

We apologise for the inconvenience this disruption may have caused you.

Kind regards,

360 Discovery Team


Rangitoto Service Cancellations: Sat 25 March

Please be advised that the 7.30am, 9.15am and 10.30am ex Auckland services and the 9.25am ex Devonport service to Rangitoto Island  on Saturday 25 March have been cancelled due to The Dual multi-sport event.
The first service to Rangitoto Island will be 12.15pm ex Auckland and 12.25pm ex Devonport.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


CUSTOMER ANNOUNCEMENT – Adele Concert Delays

Pleased be advised that the 11.45pm sailings from Auckland to Waiheke on Thursday 23rd March and Saturday 25th March will be delayed, departing at 12am (midnight), for passengers attending the Adele concerts.

Our normal timetable will operate on Sunday 26th March.

Thanks,

The Fullers team


Devonport travel alert – Extra Sailings for Adele Concert

Pleased be advised that we’ve added two additional late sailings on Thursday 23rd March and Sunday 26th March for passengers attending the Adele concerts.

Additional Devonport Sailings - 23rd March and 26th March

12:00am (midnight) Auckland to Devonport

12:30am Auckland to Devonport

Our normal timetable will operate for Friday and Saturday night, where our usual late night sailings at 12am (midnight) and 1.00am will run.

Thanks,

The Fullers Team