Explore Rotoroa Island

  • Duration
    75mins from Auckland CBD
  • Category
  • Location
  • Operating Season
    All Year
  • Price

Rotoroa Island

Step ashore on this special island sanctuary and discover its unique history and conservation stories. Discover beautiful beaches, endless views and native wildlife just a short cruise from Auckland City...

Rotoroa Island Ferry
$95 Adult
Adult 16 years and over
$50 Child
Child 5 - 15 years | Under 5 years travel free

Enjoy a cruise through Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf, and discover Rotoroa Island sanctuary. This pretty little island is a perfect escape from the city for the day or longer. 

Rotoroa Island has been predator free since 2014 and is now home to a number of native birds and wildlife free ranging across the island. With a unique history as a rehabilitation centre you will uncover the history of Rotoroa through the award-winning museum and exhibition and historic buildings.

Enjoy quiet sandy beaches for picnics and swimming, and take in the views from Waiheke to Coromandel. There really is something here for everyone.


  • Enjoy an 75 minute cruise each way through Tikapa Moana, the Hauraki Gulf, to Rotoroa Island
  • Discover the unique history of the island through the award-winning muesum exhibition and heritage buildings around the island
  • Explore the island on foot via established walking tracks across open fields, native bush and sandy shorelines
  • A 90 minute guided nature walk is available to book with one of the islands' knowledgeable and passionate rangers. These can be pre-booked online with your ferry ticket. Find out more here.
  • Spot iconic native species free ranging across the island including kiwi, takahē and tīeke
  • Enjoy the sheltered sandy bays and clear waters for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
  • Facilities on the island include a gift shop (open 90 minutes prior to the ferry departing the island), freshwater drinking fountain, toilets and electric barbeques
  • There is no café so please pack your own snacks and lunch to take with you or purchase from onboard our vessel
  • Various holiday homes are available on the island for those who wish to stay a bit longer, these can booked at rotoroa.org.nz

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