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

Gulf Harbour Service Update for 26.05.2017

Please be advised that for Friday 26th May 2017, bus replacements will be operating the following services due to the worsening weather conditions:

1645 AKL - GH - Bus 

1715 AKL - GH - Takahe 

1745 GH - AKL - Bus 

1745 AKL - GH - Bus 

1845 AKL - GH - Bus 

Buses will depart Auckland from 'The Cloud on Pier 1' and depart Gulf Harbour from the 'Pier Z Car park - Gulf Harbour Mariner'

We will provide a further update if we have any changes for the 1715 AKL-GH service.

Kind regards,

360 Discovery 


Travel Alert: Half Moon Bay Low Tides

Please be advised that the following services will be operated by bus due to low tides:

 

Friday 26 May 2017

1.30pm Auckland – Half Moon Bay
2.15pm Half Moon Bay – Auckland

Sunday 28 May 2017

3.00pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.45pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland

Monday 29 May 2017

2.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
3.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
4.15pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.50pm Half Moon Bay - Auckland

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Waiheke Bus Company - Departure Time Changes

Following customer feedback on the new winter bus timetable we’ll now be introducing some further changes to improve connections with afternoon ferries.

From Monday 29 May 2017 the following journeys will change:

1650 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 2 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 4 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1750 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 5.45pm

1850 Route 1A from Matiatia will now depart at 6.45pm

  

For more information please contact the Auckland Transport Travel Information Line on 09 366 6400 or visit AT.govt.nz