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With the influx of people to the Hauraki Gulf islands over summer, the council encourages day visitors coming by boat or ferry to ‘pack in and pack out’ and take their waste with them when they go.

If people are visiting one of the islands for a day, we’re asking people to take their waste home with them and dispose of it responsibly, in their rubbish or recycling bins.


If you are visiting Rakino Island on holiday, plan ahead to bring minimal packaging with you. Choose reusable containers, pack in, pack out, and leave nothing behind.

All waste disposed of on Rakino Island has to be transported back to the mainland for disposal or processing.

Where possible, please take any waste back home with you to dispose of responsibly.

If you must dispose of waste while visiting the island, here’s what you need to know:

  • There are eight public drop-off points located around the island for you to drop off your rubbish and recycling.
  • Please ensure you separate out your waste into the correct bins provided.


There are limited waste services on the islands within the Hauraki Gulf.

We encourage all boaties and visitors to reduce the amount of waste they bring to the islands by planning
ahead, removing items from packaging before visiting, and making use of reusable containers, drink bottles
and coffee cups wherever possible. Please minimise your waste.

However, if you must dispose of any waste, download this brochure for further useful information.