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Fullers operates ferries year-round to Rangitoto daily at 9:15 and 12:15, departing the island at 12:45 and 3:30. The fare is NZ$26 round-trip; boats leave from the Ferry Building. Fullers also arrange Volcanic Explorer tours, which include a guided ride to the summit in a covered carriage. It's NZ$58 for the tour and ferry ride, and you must book in advance.
Fullers ferries also make the 35-minute run from the Ferry Building to Waiheke Island from 5:30 am to 11:45 pm at a cost of NZ$35 round-trip. Return ferries leave every hour on the hour, and every half hour at peak commuter times. However, crossings can be canceled if the seas are rough. Buses meet ferries at the Waiheke terminal and loop the island.
Fullers Booking Office. The best way to get to Whakanewha Regional Park is by shuttle. If you're planning on going farther afield on the island, you can purchase an all-day bus pass from Fullers Booking Office at the Ferry Building on Quay Street (NZ$8.20 for regular service to Oneroa, Palm Beach, Onetangi, and Rocky Bay). To use the pass, you need to take the 10 am ferry. Return time is optional. Fullers also provides tours that include the ferry fee. After either tour, on the same day, passengers may use their ticket to travel free on regular island buses to visit additional attractions. Ferry Bldg., Quay St., Auckland, 1010. 09/367–9111. www.fullers.co.nz.
SeaLink. SeaLink runs car and passenger ferries to Waiheke, leaving from Halfmoon Bay to the east of the city. The round-trip fare is NZ$138 per car, plus NZ$32 for each adult. On Waiheke you can also take a shuttle to beaches or vineyards; Waiheke Shuttles has reliable service. Ara-Tai Dr, Halfmoon Bay, Auckland, 2012. 09/300–5900. www.sealink.co.nz.
Waiheke Shuttles. On Waiheke you can also take a shuttle to beaches or vineyards;Waiheke Shuttles has reliable service. 027/237–9849. www.gotowaiheke.co.nz/taxi.htm.
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