Discover Rakino Island

Rakino Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf and prides itself on its isolation and unspoilt status

Things to see & do on Rakino

This small quiet island has its fair share of history

Surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, it provides captivating views that sweep all the way to the Coromandel, Great Barrier, Waiheke and back to Auckland City. Yachts enjoy anchoring in Woody, Pohutukawa, Home, Sandy and West Bays and are home to approximately 16 permanent residents.

This small island has its fair share of history, and it’s here that Sir George Grey Governor of New Zealand built his home in 1862, before being lured to Kawau Island. Governor Grey then leased the island to Albert Sanford (one of the founders of the Auckland commercial fishing fleet) and he and his family lived here for close to 80 years.

 

Getting around the island

Walking or by tractor is the preferred method of transport

From the moment you set foot on Rakino, you enter a relaxed world of tranquillity where time has stood still. There are many public bays and beaches around the island where you will find shade under the coastal Pohutukawa. The public wharf is located at the southern end of Sandy Bay and the car ferry access ramp is at the western end of Sanford Way in Home Bay.

View location of Rakino Island

Island facilities

Telephone box with telephone to call home

Popular activities include fishing, swimming, snorkelling, diving and walking. There are no shops or electricity (there is solar power though), so the whole island is off-grid. While on the island check out the world's first solar-powered telephone which is still in use and allows local free calling to Auckland.

Life really is laid-back on Rakino Island...

Plan your journey

Bookings

For bookings to Rakino Island you will need to call our Customer Service Team on (09) 300 5900 or 0800 SEALINK (0800 732 546). If calling from outside New Zealand, phone +64 9 300 5900. Payment can be via cash, EFTPOS or by credit card. All passengers must have a ticket to be able to board the ferry. If you haven't travelled with us before and need more information you may like to visit the check-in and boarding information page.

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