This small quiet island has its fair share of history
Surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, Rakino Island boasts captivating views that sweep all the way to the Coromandel, Great Barrier, Waiheke and Auckland City. Yachts enjoy anchoring in Woody, Pohutukawa, Home, Sandy and West Bays and are home to approximately 16 permanent residents.
This small island's history includes Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, building 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), who lived here for close to 80 years with his family.
What to do on Rakino Island
Outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, snorkelling, diving and walking are all popular on the island. 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...
How to travel around Rakino Island
Explore the island by foot or tractor
From the moment you set foot on Rakino, you enter a relaxed world of tranquillity where time stands 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
Plan your journey
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 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.