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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

Rotoroa Island

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.

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