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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  • My husband and I enjoyed our day trip to Rangitoto Island. We took all our own food and drink although there weren't too many places to eat up the top. It really is a must see for all travellers and N...  more »
  • I go there with friend there and also is one of the best scene In my life is very amazing and beautiful place..!!!  more »
  • I went to Rangitoto for a day hike! I took a ferry which did not took a long time to get to the wharf at the island. The island is a reserve, there is no place to buy food or drink. So bring your drin...  more »
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  • Just over 600 years old, Rangitoto Island is Auckland’s youngest volcano and is yet the most active in the Auckland Region. It was declared pest-free in 2011 and now is a paradise for birds. You can trek to the summit, or walk over to neighbouring Motutapu Island and stay there in a Batch for a night. Rangitoto is truly a paradise for birds and people.
  • Very important tip: Take the earliest ferry you can. The island gets very crowded and the wildlife hides. While the summit is a worthy goal, give yourself time to explore more of the island. There is a side trip to the caves, and other trails to explore.
  • 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.
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