Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s most unique and iconic landmarks located only a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland

by Chris Gregory

Rangitoto Island is also the youngest of Aucklands 48 volcanoes, being only 600 years old. The Island itself is 5.5km wide, with its distinctive symmetrical cone towering 260m high, making the island a widely visible landmark in Auckland.

Rangitoto 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.

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Rangitoto Walks
Rangitoto 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

Rangitoto Walks

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

Rangitoto Ferry

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During 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

Looking for more info on the history of Rangitoto Island?

Help our native Plants and Animals
Rangitoto Island is pest free and a sanctuary for many native plants and animals. In order to keep it this way we ask that visitors check their gear for pests before arriving on the island.
Before you arrive check for stowaway pests
- Please check your gear for pests, including Rats, Mice and Ants
- If arriving by boat or kayak, please check your vessal for stowaways including, Rants, Mice and Ants. Looks for signs of pests, including droppings and chewed items.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted on Rangitoto Island as they can harm our native wildlife including Kiwi or other nesting birds.
More Information on the DOC Rangitoto Island restoration project can be found here - http://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/rangitoto-and-motutapu-islands-restoration-project
Call the DOC hotline to report sightings of pests on Rangitoto island - 0800 362 468

Book your Tour

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Departs: Auckland, New Zealand

Rangitoto Tour

Ferry Hours

Auckland to Rangitoto

  • 09:15 - 12:1507:30 - 12:15

Rangitoto to Auckland

  • 12:45 - 15:3009:45 - 16:00


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