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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
4.5

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

By Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises
About
Rangitoto, a volcanic island, dominates the view from Auckland, and you can see for yourself what’s there on this island tour. Get around on fun modes of transportation, including ferry and four-wheel-drive tractor-pulled tram. Hike along a boardwalk to the top of Rangitoto, for spectacular views of the pohutukawa forests of the island, Auckland, and the Hauraki Gulf. Along the way, your guide will tell you all about the island.

Ages 0-99, max of 24 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Round-trip ferry transfers from Auckland are included
  • This tour involves some moderate walking, make sure to bring water and sunscreen
  • Learn about the native New Zealand flora and fauna of the island
  • A fun way to explore nature close to Auckland city

  • Live commentary on board
  • 2-hour guided 4WD road-train tour on Rangitoto Island
  • Return Rangitoto Ferry
  • Entry/Admission - Rangitoto Island
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • Downtown Terminal, Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    The tour starts when you board the Rangitoto Ferry from the Auckland Downtown Terminal
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6194RVET

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This Voucher is Valid for Travel
    • Please dress appropriately
    • The 4WD road-train has drop-down clear curtain for protection in the rain
    • No shops are located on the island. Please bring food and drinks. Food and beverages can be purchased on the ferry en route to Rongitoto Island
    • The walk to the summit includes boardwalk stairs. The walk is optional. You can choose to enjoy the view from the base
    • Be sure to bring enough snacks, water and sunscreen for the day as there are no stores on the island
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

    • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6194RVET

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    Itinerary
    • Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
      The tour starts when you board the Rangitoto Ferry from the Auckland Downtown Terminal
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      Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises
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      • Guided 4WD road train tour through 600-year-old volcanic landscape • Transport to the base of the summit, where there are approximately 300 boardwalk steps to the top for 360-degree views • Commentary about island’s history and geology
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    • Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises
      1,366
      New Zealand
      Joined in March 2011
    • PinoyWanderer66
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tour with wineries could be better
      An island tour was recommended by a new friend Main attraction was a wine tour which I took as offered by Fuller's. The tour included 3 wineries but I was able to do only 1-1/2. One required a long uphill walk which I cannot physically handled (Stoney) while the last (Batch) was partly closed so a good tour of the place was not possible The hop on/hop off bus was comfortable and run every hour from the port but does not have a timed schedule around the island so unsettling waiting was involved for the next bus The tour company should provide updates and limitations of the offered wineries but none was offered so the tour was disappointing
      Written 11 June 2024
    • LouInez
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best way to view the island and so convenient.
      5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We had the best time getting around the island, trying the Mudbrick winery, Cable Bay and Henke Brewery. We loved the views from the first two and the whiskey at the Henke. We stopped and checked out the beaches. We had Vince, as our tour guide/ driver, who was so informative, about the island and wineries. Even dropped us to dinner. Best part was you don’t have to worry about drink driving, the bus just picks you up and drops you to the next. Highly recommend doing.
      Written 11 June 2024
    • revuall
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect way to see the island on a one day excursion
      Recently visited the island by ferry when spending a few days in Aukland with friends. The trip over was great and the bus service punctual and the driver very informative about the island. It enabled us to see much and learn about the island, as well as lunching at a great spot overlooking the ocean and later visiting some of the wineries on the island. It gives the impression that Waiheke moves at a much slower pace than the mainland, making an ideal spot to visit when on holidays.
      Written 10 June 2024
    • DAT127Ma
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      May be fun in the summer
      We were told Waiheke was a must visit destination from Auckland by several people we met while in NZ. We booked the Fullers ferry, hop on hop off bus with tastings at 3 wineries, Cable Bay, Batch Winery and Stoneyridge. It's winter. The buses only run hourly. The wineries seem to have low numbers of staff. We had a good experience at Cable Bay even though we were asked to wait 10 minutes. All was ok at Batch Winery although you don't need an hour to taste 3 wines. Our experience at Stoneyridge was not good! We were seated in the restaurant which was busy serving lunch. A group who were also wine tasting who arrived after us were served by a dedicated person while we sat being ignored for at least 15 minutes. On asking if they were too busy we received 3 wines to taste with tasting notes. Not what we expected or have experienced anywhere else else in NZ. This may be fun in the summer but if considering in the winter do your research to understand what is open and for how long and the best way to get around the island. The local buses run 4 times an hour!
      Written 3 June 2024
    • romes936
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Bus Experience
      Had a wonderful experience on the buses, they were all on time and efficient. Both Victor and Tony were a blast to be with, both very funny and witty. Really loved how Victor played some sing along songs that got the whole bus singing!
      Written 28 May 2024
    • Tigerram
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Friendly drivers, plenty of well located stops.
      Runs hourly in winter and half hourly in summer. Friendly drivers who keep you informed about the island during the drive
      Written 16 May 2024
    • megancU8519JR
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great drive across the island!
      Absolutely a great way to travel to all of the vineyards on the island. Victor is amazing!!! Part bus driver, part comedian, part DJ, part karaoke singer. Never a dull moment with Victor. I bet you one bottle of wine that you will not be able to win the trivia, but it makes the time fly by on the bus. Thanks for everything you do!
      Written 14 May 2024
    • Simone V
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour! Good wine! Lots of beautiful winery’s that also offer good food. Picturesque views
      I would definitely recommend! The bus driver was a great entertainer and the experience was lovely. NZ has so many beautiful wines to offer!
      Written 6 May 2024
    • Nayeli S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good value for your money.
      Good if you don’t want to rent a car. Good value for money that ferry tickets are included. My favourite part was stop 8. Beach and Spanish vineyard.
      Written 4 May 2024
    • 196jaynej
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
      To be fair to was a drizzly rainy day, so we didn't get off at any of the stops and don't think we would have apart from one stop. It gives one an overview of Auckland and surrounds. Particularly like the drive around the harbour area.
      Written 28 March 2024
    • AndyAquila
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good if you are going to drink a lot in the wineries.
      We were strongly advised to visit the island by people we'd met earlier in our tour because of the wineries, beaches, shopping and views of Auckland, particularly at sunset. We had great difficulty working out whether we needed to book the ferry in advance or not, and if it could be booked with or without the hop-on hop-off bus ticket. In the end, we booked both together and regretted doing so. The bus tour might be good if you are really serious about visiting lots of the wineries and breweries on the island and sampling their goods. For us, we wanted to see the island, learn a bit more about it and enjoy a day out. This tour is a very expensive way to do that with very limited commentary about the island, its history, culture, highlights or other aspects apart from when each winery opens and closes. This is not what we expected from this type of bus, which we have taken in numerous other places around the world. Initially, there was no obvious signage at the port telling us where to catch the bus, just a queue of people on the opposite side of the road. We were then taken on a tour of the island which was interesting but very much centred on the wine industry. If you want to go to the two main townships, avoid this bus and use local transport instead. If you want to taste lots of wine in several different places, then perhaps this trip is worth the money.
      Written 28 March 2024
    • aleksandrapluc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome!
      Great way to see the island, with very convenient stops and lovely bus drivers who shared a lot of interesting facts with us. I would highly recommend it
      Written 24 March 2024
    • eelSeattle
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ferry and designated-driver bus transportation was a bargain...
      Visiting some wineries, touring Waiheke Island at our leisure and always retaining flexibility as we travel destinations worldwide was our plan when purchasing the Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus By Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises. We had a wonderful experience because, in part, we simply decide that we will. Given the many options for stops on Waiheke Island, we had already decided that we would not go with the "crowd flow" and would instead go backwards. We did not play like tourists upon getting off the ferry and went directly (and quickly) to a waiting bus. The many who tarried just had to wait for the next available bus. We got off our bus at Stop #2 but not for the purpose of seeing/visiting anything. We walked across the road to Stop #14 and caught a bus going the opposite way (back toward the ferry) but our destination was actually Mudbrick Vineyard at Stop #15. After a wonderful lunch and wine tasting, we caught a bus to see more of the island and to stop at several other wineries, as the majority of the crowds were going the opposite direction. Stops at Goldie Vineyard, Stonyridge Vineyard, Onetangi Beach and Batch Winery rounded out a fantastic, stress-free day...and the Waiheke Island Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus was with us throughout. Frankly, the total cost for ferry and designated-driver bus transportation was a bargain! The alternative for a limited few would be hiring a private car, driver and tour guide.
      Written 23 March 2024
    • AustraliaBoo
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Disaster Day
      We took friends to this ferry/ hop on hop off bus excursion today and it went from bad to worst as the day unfolded. Ferry over - fine, hopped on bus fine, got off bus at Stop 2 - fine. Endeavoured to get back on bus - bus full, next (small) bus full, one hour later came a bus which we took to stop 7 - The Heke which was pretty good, Stonebridge winery next door was doable. Then a procession of packed buses and we were not prepared to alight for fear of not being able to get on another bus. Driver rushed us to 4 pm ferry which we just made only to be told the ferry was full and the next ferry was 4.30 pm, to then be told it was cancelled. We were not prepared to leave the queue for the 5 pm -ferry - which we are still waiting for now. Obviously, the company sold too many tickets for ferries and buses to cope with. I will not do this again and do not recommend.
      Written 13 March 2024
    • hayleyhH4641IL
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not any hop on at all.
      Have so far not been able to get on the bus. Have been here for 2 hrs and every bus is full. They were happy to sell us a ticket but have yet to see any service at all.
      Written 13 March 2024
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    Carter M
    Tucson, AZ5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    We enjoyed the tram driver, Mark. He was very funny and engaging (but I'm sure his jokes have been practiced many times!). His commentary on the history and scenery was excellent. The dust from the tractor bothered my wife some.
    Written 11 March 2020
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    338LSK
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Great tour on a dormant volcano. The island is pristine, ferry was slightly delayed, but clean and comfortable.
    Our guide was helpful and gave us much information about the surrounding islands as well.
    If you are a strong walker, no need for the tram ride. But it is hot, so use your own judgment.
    Written 14 January 2020
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    Sandra Q
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2018 • Friends
    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 are there, the view is brilliant.

    nice way to spend the day.
    Written 10 April 2018
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    dieselnator
    Greenville, SC278 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2019 • Family
    The ferry ride over had pretty views and it was nice to get a different perspective of Auckland from the water. The tour was a nice way to see the island in a short amount of time, but the tractor ride was average. After a while, breathing in tractor fumes was nauseating and be prepared to get dusty. Also, the commentator was good and very knowledgeable, but the speaker was cutting in and out so we missed most of what he was saying. Stairs up to the summit took us 15 minutes. Great views from the top! We then walked around the crater ridge trail which was a pretty walk and took us 15 minutes. Better to do in a clockwise direction from the summit.

    FYI- We spoke to people who were not on the tour that walked from the ferry to the summit and it took them 45 minutes to 1 hour one way.

    Overall: The tractor ride is the only option other than hiking around the island. So if you have limited time, or are not very fit it is the way to go.
    Written 3 May 2019
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    Christina C
    Coquitlam, Canada6,336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2019 • Couples
    We took an excursion to a 600 year old volcanic island and spent a few hours there. The excursion included:
    1) a twenty minute ferry that goes back and forth to Rangintoto, you can buy food there.
    2) a guide waiting for you at the island, he also is the tractor driver
    3) a tractor pulling a tram that can seat 12-18 visitors. It took us once around the island. The view was nice, but on
    the day the tractor stirred up dust so it was very dusty. Please prepare a mask for the dust.
    4) The tractor takes you about half way around the island then there is a washroom stop (an outhouse). This is also where you can walk up to the summit. The climb is not hard, there are a lot of trees and shade. The view from the summit is very nice and worth while.
    5) While we were waiting for the ferry to pick us up we went to visit a historic museum that displays the life of the first caretaker on this island.
    Happy Travelling!
    Written 21 March 2019
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    Ashley R
    North Vancouver, Canada22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2019 • Solo
    I liked that you can sit outside on the ferry. I feel like I got to see most of the island in a short amount of time - and make it to the summit too! My tour guide was very informative. You're sitting in a trailer behind a tractor - be prepared to get dusty.
    Written 16 March 2019
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    triprip1
    Sudbury, UK42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2019 • Family
    We took our trip over mid afternoon this was an error we run out of time and had to run for the last boat back to the main land.
    The tractor ride was a real boom, it's a long way around the island walking to that heat would of been hard we were drooped off at the points we wanted along the way, Take a torch so you can safety walk inside the larva tubes, That was a first never done that before. ware good shoes you will be walking on bare larva rocks flip lops not good. we enjoyed it.
    Written 9 February 2019
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    jellis2017
    Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2018 • Couples
    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 like the 1 hour trek up to the volcanic cone there's a tractor- trailer ride to the top with a very knowledgeable and lovely guide John to amuse and educate you about lava, flora, fauna and social history. Take water, snacks and respect the environment. Suitable for a wide age range, though if you want to reach the summit a fair level of fitness required. But you don't have to go to the top to enjoy most of the spectacular scenery and wild life.
    Written 27 October 2018
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    394gillians
    Greater Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2018 • Couples
    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 views were beautiful. The island tour was well worth it. Value for money.
    Written 9 April 2018
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    MrMichaelCC
    Coleford, UK21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2018 • Couples
    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 endless steps. Only just managed 5 mins at the summit and back down to rejoin the tractor train. Maybe a good activity on a bright cooler day.
    Written 2 March 2018
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