Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Travel by ferry to Rotoroa Island with this round-trip ticket for a day to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, walking trails, historic buildings and award-winning museum. Admire an outdoor sculpture by renowned New Zealand artist Chris Booth, and get great views over the Hauraki Gulf. The island, also home to restored native plants and a wildlife sanctuary, opened to the public in 2011. Enjoy approximately six hours at your leisure before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.

What's Included

Live commentary on board

What's Not Included

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Please bring suitable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, towel and swimwear
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • There are no shops on the island. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. BBQ's are available please bring your own utensils
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Our increased cleaning regimes and regular disinfecting of vessels, including fogging, are continuing.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) before the scheduled departure time, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, you will receive a 0% refund.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Waitemata Harbour
Board the ferry in downtown Auckland for the scenic 75-minute trip across the Hauraki Gulf to Rotoroa Island, one of a chain of islets off the east coast of Waiheke.

For more than a century, the island was an alcohol rehabilitation center operated by the Salvation Army. You can visit heritage buildings from the center, including the chapel, jail house, and community gardens. Learn how it was New Zealand's first and longest-running addiction treatment center in a state-of-the-art museum, which also features displays about Rotoroa's Maori and European history.

You can also soak up the outdoors at four sandy beaches, perfect for picnics and swimming. Take a walk along groomed trails to admire a large outdoor sculpture by artist Chris Booth, located on the island's southern headland. History buffs might carve out some time to see the island's cemetery, which overlooks the Hauraki Gulf and Ponui Island. And if you like to fish, cast a line from the wharf at Home Bay, or from the shore at other inlets.

As you walk around, note your natural surroundings. The Rotoroa Island Trust has teamed up with the Auckland Zoo to create a wildlife sanctuary for up to 20 endangered native animals including kiwi birds, lizards, and geckos. You'll also spot a variety of native plants taking root along the trails thanks to the trust's revegetation project.

Expect to have about six hours to explore the island on your own before the return ferry to Auckland departs in the afternoon.

• Admission Ticket Free

Rotoroa Island
Expect to have about six hours to explore the island on your own before the return ferry to Auckland departs in the afternoon.

6 hours • Admission Ticket Free

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