Rangitoto Island

Spectacular Volcanic island

An iconic volcanic landmark sits majestically just off the Auckland coast is a pest-free island sanctuaries with native forest walks, lava fields and panoramic views.

The unique Rangitoto Island is a jewel in the heart of Auckland. Rangitoto is Auckland’s largest and youngest volcanic cones. It emerged from the sea just 600 years ago in a series of fiery volcanic explosions, creating one of Auckland’s most striking features.

Deeply enriched with history, Rangitoto Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf about 8km northeast of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau in the North Island of New Zealand. Adjoining Rangitoto is Motutapu Island and it is worth walking across the causeway between the two islands as there are historic sites, walking tracks, forests, beaches and good picnic spots.

Rangitoto is a perfect day-trip destination for both tourists and locals alike, and a much loved boating destination. It is just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Travelling out into the Hauraki Gulf, you are treated to a unique and spectacular view of Auckland city and its surroundings. For the adventurous, you can rent a kayak or take a guided tour.

The pest-free Rangitoto Island is known for its contrasting rugged lava terrain and abundant native plant life. It is a safe haven for endangered native birds – a global seabird hotspot with 27 species calling it home. It also has the largest pōhutukawa forest in the world.

The Rangitoto Summit Track is most popular. It begins at Rangitoto Wharf, and climbs through lava fields and native forest to the peak at 259m above sea level. The easy climb to the summit through pōhutukawa forest and lava fields gives way to panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Aside from enjoying the walking trails, Rangitoto is also an excellent spot for fishing, kayaking, camping or spotting the native flora and birds.

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