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School transport to Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe Islands.

The Red boats specialize in transporting School groups to the Hauraki Gulf Islands!!!

We have 2 Vessels licensed for 60 Passengers and 110 Passengers (170 Combined) to transport School grouops to Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe Islands.

The Red boats Vessels are set up for School groups with safety procedures in place and a large cargo hold that has plenty of room for all your luggage.

We have operated School trips to the Auckland Hauraki gulf Islands for over 15 years and have the experience and reliability to ensure your transportation runs smoothly.

We can cater for a day trip to Rangitoto, Motutapu, or Motuihe Islands, or a transfer to the Outdoor Education camp at Islington bay on Motutapu Island making a great day out for educational projects or wider living weeks.

The Red boats also Transport Schools to Motutapu Island and Motuihe Island to undertake Tree Planting, Conservation, and Volunteer work.

We work closely with the Motuihe trust in coordinating transport for Volunteer work on Motuihe Island and run a regular Ferry service to Motuihe in conjunction with the Motuihe trust.

Another popular trip to do, is to be dropped at the wharf on Rangitoto Island, walk to Motutapu Island and re-join the Vessel in Islington bay.

We also offer educational Tours and Cruises for schools, please contact us for more details.

We are extremely flexible with any options you wish to explore and you will find our prices the best value for money in Auckland.

Cruise details

Our Vessels are safe roomy 2 level Vessels and fully meet all Maritime New Zealand safety requirements.
We run a current Maritime Operators System which includes regular inspections and risk assessments for our operation.
We carry lifejackets for all passengers on board and all our staff have up to date Maritime Qualifications including current First Aid Certificates.
Our Vessels are purpose built for Ferry work and are ideal for any School outing.
Rangitoto Island $25.00 Per Person return -minimum charge of $1000 applies.

Motutapu Island (Issy bay)$28.00 Per Person return - minimum charge of $1120 applies.

Motutapu Island Home Bay $30.00 Per Person return minimum charge of $1200 applies.

Motuihe Island $28.00 Per Person return minimum charge of $1100 applies.

Additional DOC wharf fees apply - $2.70 per person

**Weekday prices. Additional charges for weekends P.O.A


Contact us for alternative destinations
When you charter a Vessel for Ferry transport you can book a time that suits your requirements.

The below traveling times are indicative and depend on tides and see conditions

Auckland - RangitotoIsland: 45 Minutes

Auckland - Motutapu Islington bay: 1hour 20 minutes

Auckland - Motutapu Home bay: 1 hour 40 Minutes

Auckland - Motuihe Island: 1 hour 15 Minutes

Auckland - Riverhead: 1.5 hours
The Red boats are proud to support the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council’s joint ‘Treasure Island’ initiative. Our vessels undergo strict inspections so we are licensed to visit conservation islands and hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ that recognizes our commitment to bio security standards.

Bio Security Checklist:

Rainbow Skink 565.jpgCHECK your gear for pests:
Check that your gear is free of rats, mice, ants, skinks, soil and seeds – especially camping gear, which has ideal places for pests to hide when stored.
Take extra care to ensure gear is pest-free if you have Argentine ants or rainbow skinks where you live.



Shoe cleaning.jpgCLEAN your gear and footwear:
Clean your clothing, footwear and camping gear, removing soil and seeds before and after each trip
Look out for cleaning stations at your departure pier, and use the brushes to scrub your shoes before boarding the ferry.



Seal Gear.jpgSEAL your gear properly:
Pack food in sealed containers to avoid attracting rodents.
Your bags must be zipped closed (no open bags). Mice, ants and rainbow skinks can crawl in through the smallest hole. Be vigilant.
IMPORTANT: You must take all rubbish with you when you leave  any Hauraki gulf Island.


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Why is this so important?
Pests have successfully been eradicated from the Hauraki Gulf’s conservation islands making them sanctuaries for native birds and wildlife. But unfortunately, pests can (and do!) make it to the islands by stowing away on shoes or in gear if we’re not careful.

Pests such as, rats, mice, Argentine ants, and plague skinks injure and kill our native wildlife and compete for their food.
Invasive weeds can alter the habitat that wildlife needs to survive.
Soil may contain plant diseases like kauri dieback which is killing our kauri forests.
Rats can squeeze through a 12 mm gap, and mice can squeeze through a 7 mm gap.
Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds seeds and soil could cling to your clothing, prams, gear and shoes.
Pests threaten New Zealand wildlife. That is why there are strict bio-security measures in place for all visitors.

For more information go to the Department of Conservation Bio Security page

Found a pest?
On the mainland: Get rid of the pest and clean your gear again
On the ferry: Tell the crew what you have found and where it is
On the island: Report sightings to the DOC conservation emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)

If you would like to stay on the island overnight there are extra precautions that will need to be taken.
Any overnight gear ie. sleeping bags, need to be checked for pest stowaways.
Food must be packed into rodent-proof/ sealed containers.
If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask customer services staff or the boat crew.

Visit for further information on bio-security.

Please ensure you go to & read our DOC Island information page for some important information you must know before travelling to DOC Islands
For Motutapu camp information go to:
For Information on Motuihe Island go to:
Motutapu, Maori for "sacred island" is an island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, Adjoined via a land-bridge to Auckland's most iconic island Rangitoto and administered by the Department of Conservation both islands form a pest free recreation reserve that plays hosts to not only thousands of locals and tourist visitors each year, but is also home to some of the countries endangered bird species such as Takahe and Saddleback (Tieke).

Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp is located in a bay in its own private valley on the coast of Motutapu Island. Visitors to the camp not only have access to the facilities within the 4 hectares of the camp property, but also have the luxury of being able to explore more than 3800 hectares of DoC managed scenic reserve over both Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands; both of which are covered in native flora and fauna and dotted with archaeological, geographical and environmental marvels.

Motutapu Island offers a large range of both instructor lead and self supervised activities and will assist you to design an individual program to suit all your aims and objectives.  So whether you are a school group with intended learning objectives, a corporate looking to build your team's cohesiveness or a group of family or friends needing a relaxing break from the hectic city lifestyle; the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp  can cater to your needs to ensure that your stay is unforgettable.

The Red boats can transport any School or Corporate group to the Motutapu Outdoor education camp at a cost that will meet your budget.


Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your journey is smooth sailing please follow the safety guidelines listed below:

Hold On

Health and Safety_Fullers-1 copy.jpgUse handrails when moving around the vessel
Watch for trip hazards such as raised doorsills, uneven surfaces and gangways






Stay seated

Health and Safety_Fullers-3 copy.jpgPlease remain seated until the vessel has completed berthing at the wharf
Remove luggage/bags from seats. Place in the luggage area or on the floor away from aisle






Listen to Announcements and Crew instructions

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Listen to the safety briefing at the start of the trip.

In case of an emergency, stay seated and listen for instructions from the crew






Life Jackets

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Familiarize yourself with the location of the life jackets on your particular vessel
Each vessel can be different and your crew will announce the locations during your departure





Child safety

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Children must be supervised by an adult at all times during the journey.
Climbing, jumping or running on board the vessel is not permitted at any time Crew have been empowered to children to discontinue any unsafe or unruly behavior. Children must not be alone in any area on board,




Unsafe behavior

Health and Safety_Fullers-7 copy.jpgDo not Stand on seats or sit on railings.

Children Must be monitored on board

If you see a child displaying unsafe behavior, please stop them or notify crew immediately






Hot Drinks

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Hot drinks can cause third-degree burns, please take care with hot drinks when moving
If you need assistance carrying a hot drink, please ask the crew.





Watch Your Feet

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Watch your feet
Watch your feet when embarking or disembarking the vessel. Gangways and the Vessel can and do move.






Open Hatches When Loading Luggage




Be Aware of open hatches when loading and unloading luggage.

A person must always be positioned at the top of the hatch when loading luggage.

Passengers must not board until hatches are closed.








We are located at Pier Z Westhaven Marina 31 Westhaven Drive or other wharves by prior arrangement.


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