March, 2020

2020Sat07Mar8:45 am5:15 pmCancelledRotoroa Island Family Day8:45 am - 5:15 pm Rotoroa Island, Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland 1010, New ZealandType:EnvironmentalWhere:Gulf IslandsAges:Children (5 to 10 years),Teens (13 to 18 years),Tweens (10 to 12 years)

Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

Event Details

Calling all junior scientists! Rotoroa Island is doing a one-day survey to identify the flora and fauna that live on Rotoroa Island. And they need your help!

This is the perfect chance to bring your family to an island paradise and contribute to NZ Bird Altas 5-year mapping project.

Grab an ecosystem fan deck and an observation map and make special note of the wildlife and plants you see around the island. Collate all the info from your junior scientists and load these on NZ Bird Atlas.  Rangers will also be on-hand to share the tools used on island to protect our wildlife and keep Rotoroa Island predator free.

The island also has four lovely swimming beaches – Men’s Bay, Ladies’ Bay, Mai Mai Bay and Cable Bay. They are great for picnics too.


8:45am ​Fullers360 Ferry departs Downtown Auckland

9:30am Ferry departs Orapiu (eastern end of Waiheke Island)

10am Arrive on Rotoroa Island.

Welcome and collect your observation map, along with a ecosystem fan deck (free to borrow) – Complete your survery in your own time (each survey takes between 5 min – 1 hour). Free to explore the island! Colouring activities all day in the Salisbury room.

5:15pm – Ferry departs Rotoroa Island

WHAT TO BRING: Your own food and drink bottle as there are no shops on the island other than our kiosk (open late afternoon) which sells Dr Feel Good Ice Blocks, Crafty Weka muesli bars, a selection of books and Rotoroa Island T-shirts, Walking shoes, sunblock, and a sun hat and Swimwear – there are 4 lovely beaches!

BOOKING: No Booking required for the event but you will need to purchase a ferry ticket for 7 March to get to Rotoroa Island.

CANCELLATIONS :While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here’s how you can be sure it’s going ahead. Check Rotoroa Island’s Facebook page where we’ll post a cancellation notification. If you are unsure on the morning, please call the island’s duty phone 09 283 0849.


Event is free but usual ferry pricing applies


Rotoroa Island