Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland
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Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

1 day
About this activity
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.
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  • Live commentary on board
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • 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
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