Home to the largest Pohutakawa forest and a vast array of unique plant life, Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in the Auckland Volcanic reserve. Emerging from the sea some 600 years ago it offers a great selection of hiking trails, such as the Rangitoto Island Summit which leads up to a peak that enjoys spectacular 360 degree views taking in the Waitakere Ranges in the west and Hunua Ranges in the east.
With sandy coves, rugged landscapes and plenty of native bush to explore, the Island is a favourite with hikers and nature lovers but even if you’re not a walker, it’s still a great day trip out of Auckland, and an opportunity to take in some fantastic views back across to the city.
If you’re not a walker we suggest you take a guided 4WD road train up to the summit and enjoy listening to the guide telling you all about Rangitoto’s fiery history.
A regular daily ferry service from either Auckland Harbour or Devonport wharf makes it quick and easy to get there and away.
What our travellers enjoyed about their trip to Rangitoto…
- The cruise across the harbour via Devenport
- Exploring the black lava caves on their way up to the summit
- Enjoying lunch at the summit, taking in the views back over Auckland city.
- Nipping across to Motutapu Island