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Itinerary
Take in the spectacular lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto Island, starting with a 25-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. On arrival, hop into a 4WD tractor-pulled tram for a guided 2-hour tour of the volcanic island.

As you traverse rugged lava fields, an informative guide narrates Rangitoto’s volcanic origins and geology. Discover the island’s thriving plant life — around 200 species of moss, plants and trees, including the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.

Upon reaching the base of the summit, it’s a moderate half-mile (.8-km) walk along a wooden boardwalk to reach the top, where you’re rewarded with a panorama of the Auckland skyline and the Hauraki Gulf.

Afterward, rejoin the tram to explore the island’s western side, passing modest 1920s beach homes called bachs, and possibly glimpsing obsolete ships left to decay on the island’s hidden shores. Your tour ends with a return ferry ride to Auckland.
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Rangitoto Island
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Overview
Explore the volcanic terrain of Rangitoto Island aboard a 4WD tractor-pulled tram on this half-day guided tour. Depart Auckland for Rangitoto on a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf, and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the water and city skyline after a short walk to the island’s summit. During your 2-hour off-road adventure, hear commentary about the island’s history, geology and rich plant life, including the largest preserved pohutukawa forest in the world.
Highlights
  • Half-day tour of Rangitoto Island, from Auckland
  • Explore Rangitoto Island and learn about its volcanic past on a 4WD tour of the island
  • Journey through the world's largest Pohutukawa forest and rugged lava terrain en route to Rangitoto's summit
  • Get stunning 360-degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the top of Rangitoto
  • Includes round-trip ferry ticket from Auckland
  • Inculdes round-trip ferry ticket from Auckland
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Reviewed 10 April 2018
Very Interesting

This is a great way to spend 1/2 day. The 4WD tour was informative. The walk up to the summit was hard but worth it. You do need some level of fitness to be able to walk up the steps (approx. 380) but once you...More

2  Thank SandraQ106
Reviewed 10 April 2018
Very interesting.

Enjoyed the trip over to Rangitoto Island on the ferry. Once there it was easy to locate our meeting point for the tour on the tractor tram. Our tour guide was informative. The 15 min walk up to the summit was well worth it. The...More

1  Thank 394gillians
Reviewed 3 March 2018
Well worth it

A really hot day and took the short boat to Rangitoto, Auckland via Devonport. The tractor train drive was enhanced by the excellent driver commentary. The walk to the summit may be relatively close but on a really hot day was quite a trek up...More

2  Thank MrMichaelCC
Reviewed 27 February 2018
Nice 1/2 Day Trip from Auckland

This is a fun trip to see the lava fields and to climb the 400 stairs to the volcano summit. The 4WD tram ride is quite interesting, lots of information about the island’s history and nature. Many nice photo opportunities.

Thank TravelingIsMyFun
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile
Volcanic explorer

I really enjoyed the tour, the guide was informative and funny, without bombarding us with information. I felt I learned a lot about the Island which would not be possible if I walked to the top alone. The views at the top and along the...More

1  Thank Explorer240554
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