Meet Auckland’s youngest volcano and its picturesque neighbour.

Don’t leave Auckland without a trip to Rangitoto Island, just a 25-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The 360-degree views from the summit are incredible, but be warned: your photos will never do them justice.

Take the one-hour Summit Track through rugged lava fields and forest, and stop off to explore the lava tunnels and caves on the way – bring a torch. If you’d rather not make the climb or you’ve got little ones in tow, join a guided tour on the 4WD road train to the top.

Rangitoto’s dramatic landscapes contrast to the gently rolling pastures of neighbouring Motutapu Island. Venture across the causeway that links the two and explore Motutapu’s World War II bunkers, tunnels and gun emplacements.

For a glimpse into the history and cultural significance of these two islands, experience Te Haerenga, a guided, interactive tour of Rangitoto and Motutapu with Ngai Tai tribal guides.

These islands are treasured conservation islands; please check important information before you visit.

Learn more about Rangitoto and Auckland’s other volcanic cones

Island beaches are unpatrolled beaches. Stay safe - never swim or surf alone.

Find out about patrolled beaches and water safety.

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