School Groups

What better way for your students to learn about the natural world around them than to experience it first-hand. With Fullers and 360 Discovery Cruises you have the opportunity to make this a possibility.

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Get your students out of the classroom and up close and personal with one of the world’s most successful conservation projects - Tiritiri Matangi. See some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds and rare wildlife in the open sanctuary. 

Guided walks provide expert commentary and lend context to both animal life and the historical and archaeological features of the island. These walks can also be tailored to cover conservation studies.

Trip Length 1 day
Who Suitable for Primary, Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary students
Trip Dates By arrangement
Learning Focuses
  • Close up viewing of rare and endangered bird species including the Takahe and Kokako.
  • An optional guided walk (1.5 hours) covering the island’s history and identification of bird species and their behaviours.
  • Maori pa remnants at the island’s northern end.
  • Visitors centre with informative displays and talks about the island’s history and wildlife.

Is your school decile 1 - 6? We encourage you to apply for sponsorship through the 'Running Events Tiritiri Matangi Growing Minds Programme'.

For rates, sailing times and more information please contact us.

Rotoroa Island

Determined to provide something truly engaging for children, the team at Auckland Zoo in conjunction with Rotoroa Island Trust have developed a day in the field on Rotoroa that's different to other conservation education programmes. Facilitated by Auckland Zoo educators, year 5 to 13 students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities based on current conservation fieldwork practices on Rotoroa Island.

Trip Length 1 day
Who Suitable for Primary, Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary students
Trip Dates Individual class field trips are to be arranged for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 October to 8 December, 2016. 
Learning Focuses Hands-on activities based on current conservation fieldwork practices on Rotoroa Island. 

This field trip is strongly curriculum-linked and best suited to schools that have current environmental and/or conservation science programmes in place or are about to establish one.

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT FIELD TRIPS TO ROTOROA?
Then visit Auckland Zoo's website for booking information and make sure you check out the Zoo Tales episode on an education field trip to Rotoroa.

WHAT IF I WANT TO BRING A CLASS INDEPENDENTLY?
Then email info@rotoroa.org.nz and tell us what you'd like to do.

 

Motuihe Island

Motuihe Island is rich with native flora and rare and endangered birdlife thanks to the restoration efforts of the Motuihe Trust and Department of Conservation.  Guided nature and heritage tours can be a focus of your school trip out to the island.

Trip Length 1 day
Who Suitable for Primary, Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary students
Trip Dates By arrangement
Learning Focuses
  • Learning about the island’s history of Maori and European influences.
  • Exploring remnants of pa sites and European farming settlements, prisoner of war camps, and old naval base ruins.
  • Bird and plant life observations.
  • Tree planting, weed busting, beach combing and other conservation activities.

For rates, sailing times and more information please contact us.

 

Rangitoto Island

Sitting majestically just off the Auckland coast, this unique volcanic island boasts a fascinating landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rangitoto Island is a public scenic reserve managed by the Department of Conservation (in partnership with the 'tangata whenuaNgāi Tai and Ngāti Paoa).

Trip Length 1 day
Who Suitable for Primary, Intermediate, Secondary and Tertiary students
Trip Dates By arrangement
Learning Focuses
  • Learning about the island’s geology, ecology and history.
  • Walks to summit where you see 360° views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Exploring the native forest, which features an establishment of over 250 species of native trees and plants including ferns and orchids and the largest Pohutukawa forest in New Zealand.
  • Visit the historic baches which show the continuity and change of a community over time.

For rates, sailing times and more information please contact us.

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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