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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

  • 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
Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (65)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
The views from the summit was great !!

A little disappointed with 4WD road train! Our ride was delayed because of one passenger and so consequently the driver made sure that he didn't lose anymore time by not waiting a second longer than the alloted time for the return trip from the summit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Memories7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome tour!

This was a really neat tour! Once you get off the ferry at Rangitoto, the tractor tram winds its way through volcanic rock towards the summit of the volcano. If you are relatively fit, you can take a walk to the crater and summit. Beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Amy M
Reviewed 2 November 2018
Amazing Island....entertaining tour!

The island itself is very beautiful and a must see if you are in Auckland. The ferry takes about 15-20 mins to get there and as soon as you reach there is a the tour vehicle. John was our guide and was not only very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Asif_Siddiqui
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Volcanic experience

This tour was a fabulous way to experience the volcano island. The tour was very informative and our guide was great. The tractor ride around the island was an experience and the whole place is something different from the normal holiday activities. well worth a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brenda G
Reviewed 28 October 2018
Volcano , views and food for the soul.

If you like shopping this is not for you. If you want a pleasant short ferry Fuller's ride with great views of Auckland to leave the rat race behind go to this rat free island, Rangitoto.It's a great one day experience. If you don't feel...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank jellis2017
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21 December 2018|
Response from Brenda G | Reviewed this property |
You can just get the ferry to the island and walk the other hikes. If you want the tram ride to the top you have to book it.
Margeaux M
4 November 2018|
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Response from Jeff206 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kristin, You're correct. I actually didn't include the timeline (but thought I did). There are 2 different departure times that are available for visiting Rangitoto: (a 9:15am departure or the 12:15pm departure), and... More
24 October 2018|
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Response from Kristin T | Reviewed this property |
I apologize for not being able to answer your question but due to quite windy and somewhat inclement weather, the tour was cancelled by the agent. We were unable to reschedule it since we were flying out that evening.