Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island
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This volcanic island, which last erupted 600 years ago, offers bird-watching, swimming, fishing, walking trails, colorful flora and spectacular views from the summit of its cone-shaped mountain.
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  • Anna D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip to Rangitoto island
    We took the ferry from Auckland on a sunny day, with our packed lunch and water. Climbed up to the top of Rangitata island along the well defined walkway. Great views of Auckland and surrounding areas. After returning down and enjoying the rest, used the facilities enjoyed our lunch and remembers to take our litter back on the ferry to the mainland.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Sophie
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Views
    The views at the end make it worthwhile. Given there is only one feasible way up, as well as everyone arriving on the same boat, expect some foot traffic on the way up. Would recommend going back down a different (less direct) route for a more peaceful walk. It is a lovely escape from the city, and would definately take advantage of stopping off in Devenport on your return.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Pippa H
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day out
    Wonderful day out, lots of good walks which are well marked on the maps you get from the ferry, some steep and some flat depending on your capability. Saw lots of gorgeous flora/fauna, and there are a good few signs around explaining the geography/biodiversity. Just make sure you bring water/food as there is nowhere to buy on the island, although be sure not to leave any litter, and make sure you check the ferry times (there was only one out at 9am the day we went) and make sure you're back in time for the ferries as there aren't that many per day. Great day if you have some time in Auckland
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Lachlan M
    Queenstown, New Zealand52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome volcanic island
    Great day trip to Rangitoto. Sailed from Auckland central, around 40 minutes. Plenty of trails and tracks to explore on the island - the summit track is definitely worth the hike up. Easy to spend a whole day, ensure food and water is taken
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 December 2023
  • thaisfuncia
    Sao Paulo, SP334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Vulcanic Island
    Was such a great experience. The island is very closed from Auckland, just 30 minutes by ferry. The ferry family price is good and we were able to spend a day out trekking on the island. You have to take your snacks and plenty of water as there is none or nothing other then toilets at the island. We did the summit track and lava tubes. Which was great! The day was perfect as it was not sunny; only cloudy but still warm. We took the 10:30 ferry and returned at 2:20 pm. Was a nice getting started trekking for my daughter
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 January 2024
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DENISE T
Newcastle, UK379 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Even tho there are a lot of walkers/tourists the island still remains calm...
Luckily we had a lovely warm day so could enjoy a picnic on the walks.... a level of fitness is required but well worth the effort
Written 9 April 2024
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flightattendant1998
Omaha, NE6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great one day trip. We didn’t do a tour! Just went on our own.
We hiked to the summit and the views were beautiful. Great view of Auckland!
Written 20 February 2024
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thaisfuncia
Sao Paulo, SP334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Was such a great experience. The island is very closed from Auckland, just 30 minutes by ferry. The ferry family price is good and we were able to spend a day out trekking on the island. You have to take your snacks and plenty of water as there is none or nothing other then toilets at the island. We did the summit track and lava tubes. Which was great! The day was perfect as it was not sunny; only cloudy but still warm. We took the 10:30 ferry and returned at 2:20 pm. Was a nice getting started trekking for my daughter
Written 15 January 2024
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Lachlan M
Queenstown, New Zealand52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Great day trip to Rangitoto. Sailed from Auckland central, around 40 minutes. Plenty of trails and tracks to explore on the island - the summit track is definitely worth the hike up. Easy to spend a whole day, ensure food and water is taken
Written 28 December 2023
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Pippa H
London, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wonderful day out, lots of good walks which are well marked on the maps you get from the ferry, some steep and some flat depending on your capability. Saw lots of gorgeous flora/fauna, and there are a good few signs around explaining the geography/biodiversity. Just make sure you bring water/food as there is nowhere to buy on the island, although be sure not to leave any litter, and make sure you check the ferry times (there was only one out at 9am the day we went) and make sure you're back in time for the ferries as there aren't that many per day. Great day if you have some time in Auckland
Written 7 November 2023
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Steve D
Noumea, New Caledonia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our adventure to Rangitoto Island was a true marvel. This volcanic island, just a short ferry ride from Auckland, offers unique hiking trails and striking lava fields. The summit rewards you with breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf, making it an unforgettable day trip for nature enthusiasts.
Written 21 September 2023
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mica
Bristol, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It was a really intereresting walking tour and nice track with a little wet but nice weather and lovely countryside.
Written 21 August 2023
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Sophie
75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The views at the end make it worthwhile. Given there is only one feasible way up, as well as everyone arriving on the same boat, expect some foot traffic on the way up. Would recommend going back down a different (less direct) route for a more peaceful walk. It is a lovely escape from the city, and would definately take advantage of stopping off in Devenport on your return.
Written 16 June 2023
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Anna D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We took the ferry from Auckland on a sunny day, with our packed lunch and water. Climbed up to the top of Rangitata island along the well defined walkway. Great views of Auckland and surrounding areas. After returning down and enjoying the rest, used the facilities enjoyed our lunch and remembers to take our litter back on the ferry to the mainland.
Written 5 June 2023
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rebeccadiver
Sydney, Australia222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We really wanted to do the walk but were disappointed to not be able to get on the ONE ferry that goes on a Saturday to the island.
Why would the company only have 1 ferry going over in summer for visitors and tourists?
Make sure you book online to avoid disappointment!
Written 1 March 2023
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