Don't miss our Conservation Week Warrior Day on Sunday!

5th November 2015

Join us on Rotoroa Island this weekend, for a day of interactive fun exploring conservation in the Hauraki Gulf.

Rotoroa is pest free and the Gulf's newest wildlife sanctuary, so why not come visit for a family-friendly day exploring what it takes to keep island sanctuaries like Rotoroa, precious wildlife havens.

Be a conservation scientist for a day by trying hands-on wildlife management techniques; help us release endangered shore skinks onto our beaches and talk to reptile experts from Auckland Zoo; participate in a conservation story workshop for kids and create a special take-home book.

Conservation Week Warriors on Rotoroa Island is free to attend. 360 Discovery Cruises is offering a 50% discount on all ferry tickets during Conservation Week. To claim your ferry discount and secure your spot, book online with 360 at: https://ticketing.fullers.co.nz/WebStore/Shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=DIS&C=TIRICON to claim your ferry discount and secure your spot.

Conservation Week Warriors is brought to you by the Rotoroa Island Trust, Stories in Action, the Rotoroa Island Education Programme and Auckland Zoo.

Approximate schedule for the day (may be subject to change)

8:15am

Visitors meet at 360 Discovery, Pier 4, and complete pre-boarding biosecurity checks

8:30am

Visitor board 360 Discovery Ferry

8:45am

Ferry departs

9:45am

Pick up visitors from Orapiu (Waiheke)

Biosecurity briefing on board

10:00am

Arrive on Rotoroa Island

10:30am

Activity #1: Create a conservation story through dramatic play. The story will be written and emailed to all parents on the boat going home. You will be inspired!

12:15pm

Shore skink release at Men's Bay

1:00pm

Activity #2: Be a conservation scientist- hands-on workshop for families with Auckland Zoo Education specialists

3:00pm

Activity #3: Tools of the trade - biosecurity tricks conservationists use every day

4:15pm

Gather for tea/coffee, and prize draw from Discovery Trail bonus

5:15

Ferry departs for Orapiu and Auckland

What to bring

  • Lunch and a drink packed in pest-proof lunchboxes and a backpack able to be tightly zipped shut (see our website for biosecurity conditions; drinking water is available on the island);
  • Sunblock, good walking shoes, a hat and your togs and towel;
  • Any medication you might need such as inhalers or antihistamines;
  • While Rotoroa is usually sunnier than Auckland, pack something warm and a raincoat;
  • Activities are suitable for school age children and their families. Activities are based around family participation as children may require some help and supervision.

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