Rangitoto Island, Auckland

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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 attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Auckland trip planner.
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  • This is a great day out in Auckland especially for family/friend groups. I would recommend buying your ferry tickets online to avoid the hassle of having to buy them prior to boarding or avoiding... 
    This is a great day out in Auckland especially for family/friend groups. I would recommend buying your ferry tickets online to avoid the hassle of having to buy them prior to boarding or avoiding...  more »
  • We recently using the Auckland Voucher to ferry over to Rangitoto and climb to the top. Great walk for all ages and fitness levels. 
    We recently using the Auckland Voucher to ferry over to Rangitoto and climb to the top. Great walk for all ages and fitness levels.  more »
  • We got the fullers ferry from Auckland city. Lots of time options and it is cheaper to book online, which they can sell out on some time slots (as we found out). They have great maps at the ticket.....  more
    We got the fullers ferry from Auckland city. Lots of time options and it is cheaper to book online, which they can sell out on some time slots (as we found out). They have great maps at the ticket.....  more »
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  • Absolutely love doing this walk. I feel like every time I have done this track I still find something that I missed on my prior walks here. There's toilets well marked tracks and they are well maintained. Its a must do. Ferry from downtown is available as well.
  • Rangitoto trail is awesome. I recommend you to go around the volcano and then up to the summit. Great view! Come down by the middle of it passing by the lava flow.
  • Absolutely incredible hike we've done today! The ferry to the island offered great views of the Auckland skyline. Once you reach the island, make sure you go on your toilet break as there won't be any toilets anywhere else on the island. Sturdy shoes is a must as the paths are filled with volcanic rocks which could be very sharp. The lava caves was also very fun! A torch is a must and do watch your head towards the end bit :) Do bring togs and a towel if you like to go for a swim, too. Overall, incredible!
  • Enjoy full day hike. Go to Summit for true panoramic views. Get very hot on sunny days in summer. Can enjoy bay and swim on other side. Carry lot of water and food to keep you energized. Keep it clean and enjoy every bit of it on Motutapu side too.
  • Beautiful day hike - despite all the lava rocks, nature is blooming over there. Don't forget to discover caves too- you can go in some inside. Make sure to pack water, food, sun protection and hat with you. As water is crystal clear, you might want to enjoy swimming as well.

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