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A must-do for a day trip to Rangitoto is the Summit Track. Lace up a clean pair of walking boots and climb well-formed paths through lava fields and pōhutukawa forest, where you’ll likely spot saddleback/tieke, whitehead/popokatea, and NZ parakeet/kakariki. An hour later, stop for lunch overlooking panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.
Satisfied in mind and body, walk the rim of the crater, head 15-minutes away to the twisting tunnels of lava caves, or begin your descent. If you’re bubbling with excitement at the thought of lava caves, pack torches to get a good look – iron and sulphur stain the walls with fluorescent shades of yellow, orange and purple.
For the beach dwellers, the two-and-a-half hour Lighthouse Walk winds along the coast to the sandy shores of Mackenzie Bay. Or, head to Islington Bay along a coastal path passing boatsheds and baches, old quarry sites and wartime storage bases. From here, cross the causeway to Motutapu Island and camp under the stars at Home Bay, bookable on the Department of Conservation website.
Explore the underwater world where Rangitoto once lived. Take the Wreck Bay Track from Islington Bay road for an unforgettable diving or snorkelling experience. At least 13 shipwrecks hide here, now filled with resident marine life. As you bid farewell to their home and head for your own, bathe in the sense of calm that only comes after a day spent in nature.
Location Te wāhi
Rangitoto IslandPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Hop on the 25-minute Rangitoto Ferry from 99 Quay Street in the city centre, or from its first stop at King Edward Parade in Devonport. Public ferries dock at Rangitoto Wharf, while private boats can drop off passengers at Islington Bay Wharf. For experienced kayakers, it’s a two-hour journey from the mainland.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Come prepared with plenty of food and water as there are no shops on the island.