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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21/09/2017
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Travel Alerts

AUCKLAND HARBOUR CRUISE - TRAVEL ALERT - THURSDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2017

Please be advised the 10.30am Auckland Harbour Cruise has been cancelled today Thursday 21st October 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Motutapu Island Closed Due To Storm Damage

Please be advised that Motutapu Island is closed to the public until Labour Weekend, due to track damage caused by storms.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Coromandel/Rotoroa Island service update for Sunday 24th September 2017

Please be advised that the service for Sunday 24th September will depart Coromandel at 1630 as scheduled and take a scenic journey on route to Rotoroa Island. The departure from Rotoroa Island is delayed due to low tides by 45 minutes. Departure from Rotoroa Island will be at 1800 and arriving in Auckland at approximately 1915.

Kind Regards,

360 Team 


Waiheke Customer Update, 29.8.17

Our vessel survey season is well underway, and the majority of vessels have had their annual checks in time for the busy summer season ahead.

Quickcat has been on survey for a bit longer than anticipated this year, and we’re now expecting to have her back in service at the beginning of October. When she returns Superflyte will be taken to Whangarei and we expect her to return from survey in November.

Our brand new vessel Torea has arrived in Auckland, and you’ll start to see her on the Waiheke runs where she’ll join Te Kotuku and Korora after she’s been blessed and commissioned this week. 


Pier 1, Downtown Ferry Terminal – New Ticket Office Development

Building works starting Tuesday 22 August 2017

A new ticket office is being built on Pier 1 at Downtown Ferry Terminal. Work starts on Tuesday 22 August and it’s expected that work will be completed by late September.

The new ticket office will be shared by both Fullers and Auckland Transport, transforming it into both an AT Metro Customer Service Centre and a Fullers Ticket Office. Until it’s built, our ticket office will be temporarily be moved to a new site inside Pier 1 (directly opposite its current location) and it’ll be business as usual for our customers.

During this time we strongly recommend that ferry tickets are pre-purchased in advance to avoid any disruption to your day. You can also purchase Fullers paper tickets online at fullers.co.nz, via the MyFerry App and on board most vessels. We’ll also be extending our ticket office hours at Devonport until 8.30pm Monday to Sunday while work is being carried out.

Auckland Transport are working with the contractors to minimise any impact to customers and we appreciate your understanding during this time.