Hop on a ferry and explore what this special island has to offer!


360 Discovery ferries currently depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island on a regular but seasonal basis-more frequently in summer, weekends only in winter. The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke's Orapiu wharf on the way. You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel. 

360 Discovery ferry timetable and fare information

If you wish to visit Rotoroa Island outside the current ferry times, find out about other ways to get to here.


Spend your time on Rotoroa Island soaking up the atmosphere of this serene island sanctuary; swim, picnic, walk and relax, or go on an adventure to see if you can spot one of our endangered species.

Visit the island's chapel, historic schoolhouse and jailhouse, and learn about the intriguing history of this special place at the exhibition centre and museum. Take in the mast of Tiri II, Radio Hauraki's famous pirate radio ship which broadcast from the Gulf and has since been decommissioned on the island, or visit the seven-metre high Chris Booth sculpture on the island's southern headland.

And if your timing is just right, you'll even be able to join one of the many walks and talks the Rotoroa Island Trust organises every summer.


  • Your own food and plenty of water-there are no shops on the island
  • Walking shoes, sunblock and a sun hat
  • Swimming gear and towels


  • Fires and camping is not permitted on the island, but we do have accommodation available for rent
  • No dogs or domestic animals are permitted on the island or its shoreline
  • Bicycles are not permitted on the island, and if you're bringing a buggy please be sure to remove any soil or seeds from the treads
  • Carry food in sealed, rodent-proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
  • Check bags for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
  • Please check your boots are clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads

Find out more about biosecurity



  • BBQs
  • Changing sheds
  • Fresh water
  • Toilets
  • Mobile phone coverage

There are no shops on the island



  • Rotoroa Island is open most days from dawn until dusk
  • Changing sheds, historic buildings and the museum and exhibition centre are open 10am - 5pm every day (except Christmas Day)
  • Visitors are welcome on Christmas day, however note just the toilet facilities will be open.


  • The Rotoroa Island Trust asks that visitors respect the island's heritage and drink alcohol in moderation while visiting
  • We recommend you wear sturdy footwear for Rotoroa Island's gravel roads and tracks


Featuring practical facilities alongside beautiful beaches, Rotoroa Island is the perfect place to host an event, from family BBQs and picnics to small corporate conferences and meetings. Rotoroa has a restored 1860s schoolhouse suitable for small meetings, new electric barbeques and a selection of accommodation options.

Facilities include:

  • Audio visual equipment including a screen and projector
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tables and chairs
  • Crockery and cutlery for up to 40 people (additional cost may apply)
  • Access to a kitchen

If you would like to know more about holding an event on Rotoroa Island, please email read our venue information or email us at