Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s most unique and iconic landmarks located only a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland
EnvironmentRangitoto is considered to be a special environment and in the late 19th century, Rangitoto Island was given the status of a recreational reserve, meaning it is protected by the Department of Conservation. Since then it has became a very popular destination, with both tourist and locals enjoying day trips on the island. This island has more than 200 species of flora and also features the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. In 2011, a complete eradication of rabbits, stoats, cats and rats was undertaken. Thus, bird life always flourishes in this place.
Rangitoto is considered to be a ‘shield volcano’. Meaning, it has been formed from liquid lava, which cooled down and hardened. People witnessing the formation gave this volcano the name Rangitoto, which means bleeding skies.
Rangitoto WalksRangitoto Island offers a wide range of long and short walks for visitors. The most popular walk is considered to be the Summit Track, which takes around 1h from Rangitoto Wharf to the summit and offers specular views of the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland City. While the majority of the walks are easy, please take care while exploring Rangitoto Island and bring appropriate footwear and drinking water. A great way to relax after enjoying the walks is to bring a packed lunch and picnic at the top. For full details on the walks access our Rangitoto Walks page
How do I get there?Getting to Rangitoto Island is easy! Just jump on one of the frequent Rangitoto Island Ferry's from either downtown Auckland or Devonport. The scenic ride takes about 25mins and is a great way to start off your Rangitoto Adventure. For further details on getting to Rangitoto Island please visit our Rangitoto Ferry page
HistoryDuring the 1930s a large focus was on improving tourist experience on the island and more than 140 holiday houses were constructed along the island’s shoreline at Beacon End, Islington Bay and Rangitoto Wharf. These days, no one lives on this island, and most holiday homes have been removed. However, some of them are preserved, while others are undergoing restoration