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Rangitoto Island is a must-visit destination for all nature and adventure enthusiasts out there. This dormant volcano, which last erupted over 600 years ago is located in the Hauraki Gulf and is only a 25-minute ferry ride away from Auckland. The summit track of Rangitoto Island is one of the most popular hikes on the island and it’s easy to see why. This hike will take you to the top of the island’s volcanic cone, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Beginning at Rangitoto Wharf, The Rangitoto Summit Track is a 3.1 km return hike that takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete. It's an easy to moderate hike that’s suitable for people of all fitness levels. The track is well-marked, and the path is made up of a mixture of well-formed steps and rough volcanic terrain. As you hike, you'll get to admire the unique and dramatic landscape that makes up Rangitoto Island.
If you're feeling extra adventurous, turn off before the Lava Caves Track and opt for the Wilson Park Track instead. This alternative route to the summit offers a unique perspective on the volcano's breathtaking landscape.
One of the highlights of the Rangitoto Summit Track is the stunning views from the top of the island.
From the summit (Standing 259m above the sea level), you can see for miles in every direction, taking in panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. The view from the summit is truly breathtaking and will leave you in awe. Then take a detour back from the summit and explore the captivating Lava Caves Track. With a torch in hand, discover the mysteries hidden within the volcano's lava caves.
As you hike, you'll also get to experience the unique and diverse flora and fauna of Rangitoto Island. The island is a protected wildlife sanctuary and is home to a few species, including the kākāriki, bellbird as well as the cheeky kākā, Tūī and more.
Another reason why the Rangitoto Summit Track is a must-visit destination is its historical significance. The island is the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. It's a fascinating geological site and a fantastic opportunity to learn about the area's geological history and the formation of volcanic cones,
Rangitoto Summit Track is an exciting and educational experience that should not be missed. Whether you're a nature lover, history buff, or just looking for a new adventure, this hike is perfect for you. So, grab your hiking gear, pack a picnic, and get ready for an unforgettable experience on Rangitoto Island!
Location Te wāhi
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Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Take a ferry from Auckland's downtown ferry terminal. The ferry ride takes approximately 25 minutes, and there are several companies that offer regular services to the island. You can also book a tour that includes transportation, guided walks, and other activities on the island.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Bring plenty of water and snacks with you. There are no cafés or supplies of drinking water on the island.