Rangitoto Island, Auckland Central

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The youngest island in the Auckland volcanic field at just 700 years old, Rangitoto Island makes a prime spot for an island hike. The moderately challenging trek up the 260 m (850 ft) volcano rewards you with fantastic views of the blue water, Aukland, and other islands nearby. The plant life on the island is impressive: over 200 species of trees, plants, and flowers call the island home, including several varieties of orchids and ferns. Its special geography as a young volcanic island means that you get to see many stages of its development, including raw lava fields and scrub. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rangitoto Island and many more Auckland Central attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Auckland Central trip planner.
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  • Read a lot about Rangitoto and thought we would take the hike. We caught the local ferry over and just did our our trek up the volcano to the summit. Path very well defined and other interesting side ...  more »
  • Easy day trip from Auckland. Easy hike through a forest to the summit. Limited facilities on island. No water so be sure to carry some. Quick side trip to the lava tubes is worth it.  more »
  • If you haven't been to a volcano site before, you will find this very interesting. But if you have, there isn't much new here. We took the tractor ride up to the top and then walked up the balance of ...  more »
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  • Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s 48 volcanoes. 25-minute ferry ride from the CBD, Auckland. Enjoy walking tracks, lava tunnels and some of the best views in Auckland. The shortest and most popular route to the summit takes an hour or add extra for exploring breathtaking lava caves! At the summit enjoy 360-degree views of the harbour. Or you can paddle to Rangitoto Island on a sunset kayaking tour. Magical!
  • The walk itself is actually pretty tricky (not because it's tiring but obviously because of its volcanic presence. The ground is very uneven so make sure you where the right foot gear. The actual walk itself is pretty boring but the views from the top are completely worth it. I would definitely recommend visiting the lava caves, it's a short trip but it's really cool being able to walk through the pitch black caves (if you're not too claustrophobic). Ferry is very reasonably priced to!
  • Well worth a day out to get a fantastic view of Auckland and a nice walk on the way. Something like 7km up and back down with a detour to the lava caves.
  • I think that Rangitoto has ALOT more to offer than Motuihe Island
  • The only reason I'm not giving this ful marks is because I wish there was some more seats along the way and some shade sails or similar on the summit (though I do understand the difficulty etc). If you're just doing the summit walk, expect to take roughly an hour there and an hour back again. Wear good shoes for walking, snacks and drink (BUT DONT LEAVE YOUR RUBBISH!!!) and sunblock. There are other walks, so plan a full day if you want to see and do more.

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