heading to Rotoroa Island

an island apart


Rotoroa Island is a unique arts, heritage and conservation island nestled among a chain of islets off Waiheke’s east coast only a 75 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland.

Rotoroa is easy to traverse in a day, so bring your walking shoes, pack a picnic and explore the island - or simply relax with a swim at one of four beautiful beaches. The island is the Hauraki Gulf's newest wildlife sanctuary and in partnership with Auckland Zoo, the Rotoroa Island Trust has begun to release endangered native species on the island, including kiwi, saddlebacks, reptiles and takahe.

Rotoroa has good and varied walking tracks plus four-star accommodation, beautiful beaches, heritage buildings and an award-winning museum and exhibition centre. Explore trails among regenerating bush, see the monumental sculpture by Chris Booth, and contemplate views across the Gulf to the Coromandel.

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Use our Journey Planner above to see when the next available ferry is.

Please note: prices include a $5.00 (adult) and $3.00 (child) landing fee which is received by the Rotoroa Island Trust for funding ongoing island maintenance and development.

Journey time approx. 75 minutes from downtown Auckland.

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Bookings are essential.

 

HOW MUCH TIME YOU NEED FOR YOUR WHOLE TRIP?

Rotoroa is a full day activity.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Change of clothes, swimming gear and a towel. There are changing sheds on the island.
  • Plenty of water, snacks and lunch (there is no food or drink available to purchase on Rotoroa).
  • A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
  • Rotoroa has no shops, so the last opportunity to buy food or drink is on the ferry.
  • Make use of the FREE BBQs (remember to bring your own cooking utensils).
  • Also note that cell phone access and fresh water are available on the island.
  • There are no rubbish bins on pest-free islands. If you bring food, please remember to take it off the island with you.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Rotoroa Island offers some delightful upmarket holiday homes which all have fantastic views, are renovated to a high standard in vibrant vintage style and have all the comforts of home. Bookings are essential. To find out more and to book, visit rotoroa.org.nz/accommodation.aspx.

 

IMPORTANT BIOSECURITY INFORMATION

This island is pest-free and provides a sanctuary for our native wildlife. Please help to ensure the island stays pest-free.  Our vessels are licensed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system on all our vessels which meet the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf.

What you need to do to prepare for your trip to pest-free Rotoroa Island:

  • Please check your bags for stowaways, such as mice, rats, Argentine Ants and Rainbow Skinks to name a few.
  • Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds.
  • Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container e.g. hard plastic.
  • No open bags or boxes will be allowed on-board. Everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.

 

STAYING OVERNIGHT?

If you would like to stay on the island overnight please book here.

Please remember:

  • Any overnight gear i.e. sleeping bags, need to be checked for pest stowaways.
  • Food must be packed into rodent-proof/ sealed containers.
  • If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask customer services staff or the boat crew.
  • Island Rangers are not available for briefing on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please book your departure to accommodate this.
  • Visit http://www.treasureislands.co.nz for further information on bio-security and the Pest-free Warrant.

 

GETTING TO ROTOROA

360 Discovery run services to Rotoroa via the Coromandel ferry service. Please always refer to our travel updates to ensure that this service is currently running.

For more information on Rotoroa visit rotoroa.org.nz.

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28/06/2017
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Travel Alerts

Beach Haven/Hobsonville service update for June 28th 2017

Please be advised the 1715 and 1815 AKL - BH - HOB- BH - AKL services for June 28th 2017 will be delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to a vessel breakdown.

Kind Regards,

360 Team 


Waiheke Bus Alert: Bus Stop Closure

Please be advised that due to roadworks the bus stop “Ostend Waiheke Bus Company Depot” (#1509) will be closed on the following dates:

 

Stage 1: Monday 26th June – Thursday 6th July.

Stage 2: Monday 10th July – Monday 17th July.

 

Any questions please call the Waiheke Bus Depot on (09) 372 8823.


Gulf Harbour service temporary bus stop:

The normal bus stop at pier 1 / Cloud is now closed until 8th July due to the Lions rugby fan Zone.

The temporary bus stop is the same as the one used during the World Masters Games. Buses will depart Auckland from the bus stop at 152 Quay St, westbound (outside the ICBC building directly opposite The Cloud). Buses will depart Gulf Harbour from Pier Z carpark.

Please note, the buses will only arrive a couple of minutes prior to departure due to congestion issues.

Regards,

360 Discovery Team


360 Discovery survey period

From now until mid-October our vessels will enter their winter survey period. This is where all of our vessels undergo inspection and we carry out any necessary repairs - you may have noticed that D7 was removed from service at the beginning of the week. We’ll be taking one vessel out of service at a time, and D6 will cover the majority of our vessels when this happens.

Whilst D7 is on survey, Discovery 3 will replace her, we do anticipate that the 16:45 AKL-Gulf Harbour service to operate close to capacity. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to travel on D6 and Takahe on the 17:15 and 17:45 AKL-GH services

We’ll be closely monitoring passenger numbers and the capacity of each vessel during this time, and we’ll keep you updated when we can.

Kind Regards,

Jimbo

James Bailey - 360 Manager 


Travel Alert – Extra Services, Lions Tour

Please be advised that the following services will operate in addition to our normal timetable during the Lions Tour:

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Auckland to Birkenhead/Northcote Point
11.10pm

Auckland to Bayswater
11.00pm

Auckland to Half Moon Bay
11.10pm

Saturday 24 June 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm

Saturday 8 July 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm


Waiheke Bus Alert - Update on Moa Rd Diversion

Please be advised that Moa Ave will be closed in sections for roadworks over the next 3-6 weeks, between 6.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

The following diversion will be in place at all times due to the road not being suitable for our buses until roadworks are completed:

The top of Moa Ave between Oceanview Road - Manuka will be closed initially, which will cause our buses on route 1, 1a and 3 to make a slight diversion during these roadworks and they'll miss the two bus tops at the top of Moa Ave.

Please contact the Waiheke Bus Company on (09) 376 9111 for more information.