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Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

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Auckland, New Zealand
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take a 75-minute journey across the Hauraki Gulf aboard the Rotoroa Island ferry. Your round-trip ticket allows you to explore the island’s arts, history and conservation park, including sandy shoreline, hiking trails and an award-winning museum. Opened to the public in 2011, Rotoroa Island was the longtime home to an addiction treatment center run by the Salvation Army. Visit the heritage buildings and a Rotoroa wildlife sanctuary for endangered New Zealand species. Spend about 6 hours at your leisure before returning to Auckland.
  • Round-trip ferry ticket to Rotorua Island, from Auckland
  • Discover the island’s rich history and beautiful landscape
  • Swim and picnic at four sandy beaches around the island
  • Hike along groomed trails and get panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and neighboring islets
  • Appreciate the restored native plant life and plans to create a native wildlife sanctuary on the island
  • Learn about the Salvation Army's addiction treatment center located on Rotorua Island for a century
  • Visit heritage buildings and learn about the Maori and European history of the island
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Live commentary on board
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Food and drinks

Departure Point

Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Enjoy a day exploring the natural and cultural history of Rotoroa Island at your leisure, with a scenic 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf. Board the ferry in downtown Auckland and hear live commentary about the chain of islets off the eastern shores of Waiheke Island.

For almost a century, Rotoroa Island functioned as a sanctuary for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, with a Salvation Army–run rehabilitation center. Visit the historic buildings — including the chapel and community gardens — and learn about Rotoroa's Maori and European heritage at a state-of-the-art museum.

Soak up the natural surroundings at four sandy beaches, ideal for picnics and swimming. Hike past restored native plants along groomed trails, and view an outdoor sculpture on the southern headland. You can see the island's cemetery, which overlooks Ponui Island, and tour a wildlife sanctuary operated by the Rotoroa Island Trust and the Auckland Zoo. Spot up to 20 endangered native animals including kiwi birds before you return by ferry to Auckland in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please bring suitable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, towel and swimwear
  • There are no shops on the island. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. BBQ's are available please bring your own utensils
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 170 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fullers360 Experiences & Cruises
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland.

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star-4
Smooth trip.
Cherie_P
, Feb 2020
Lovely clean island. Interesting walking all over island visiting the various beaches. Interesting history
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Great place for 2-3 hours hiking. We...
ra.paw
, Jan 2018
Great place for 2-3 hours hiking. We have very good weather so time on the one of the beaches was wonderful swimming and resting. Unforgettable views.
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VISITE NATURE
Adventurer172895
, Jun 2019
Le trajet en ferry vaut déjà le déplacement avec des iles nombreuses et belles et l'île de Rotoroa est à voir. Du calme, des oiseaux et des paysages sublimes
star-4
La excursion en ferry lindisima y...
ANGELES G
, Dec 2017
La excursion en ferry lindisima y disfrute muchisimo la isla y el mar , pude bañarme en esas aguas transparentes Lo unico, que yo esperaba u n guia que me contara un poco la historia y armara un grupo y eso nunca existio .No hubo guia Para eso hubiera ido a la terminal de ferry y hubiera sacado el boleto directamente sin organizarlo desde la compu e imprimiendo el voucher una semana antes.

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