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Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

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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Gulf Island Scenic

Passengers are expected to check-in at Auckland Seaplane’s base 15 minutes prior to departure time where their weight details will be taken. They are escorted to the pontoon and a safety briefing by the Pilot then follows. Once on board the aircraft, passengers will cruise into the Auckland Harbour Aerodrome ready for take-off, enjoying views of yachts and the city skyline from the water. Once airborne, passengers are flown past Devonport, Lake Pupuke, Auckland’s youngest volcano Rangitoto, Motutapu Island, Waiheke Island, Pakatoa Island, Rotoroa Island, Ponui Island, Motuihe Island, Brown’s Island, Maretai Beach, Mechanic’s Bay and the Auckland City skyline. The Pilot will provide an extensive historical commentary throughout the flight. Passengers land back in the Auckland Harbour and cruise into North Wharf for disembarking.

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