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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take in the magnificent lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto, the volcanic island that is one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy a short ferry ride to the island then board your 4-wheel drive (4WD) tram to a spot near the island’s summit, where a short walk to the top rewards you with magnificent views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Your guide will provide informative commentary about the island’s history, geology and surprisingly rich plant life, including the world's largest pohutukawa forest.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of Rangitoto Island, from Auckland
  • Explore Rangitoto Island and learn about its volcanic past on a 4WD tour of the island
  • Journey through the world's largest Pohutukawa forest and rugged lava terrain en route to Rangitoto's summit
  • Get stunning 360-degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the top of Rangitoto
  • Learn about the history and geology of the volcanic island from your friendly and informative guide
  • Inculdes round-trip ferry ticket from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Rangitoto Island

Catch your ferry at downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal and relax on the 25-minute trip to Rangitoto Island where you’ll meet your 4WD tram (pulled by a tractor). Hop aboard for a guided tour of the volcanic island with a knowledgeable guide who provides commentary on the island's geology, plant life and human history.

You'll journey across rugged lava fields as your guide explains the origins of the island, formed about 700 years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions. About 200 species of moss, plants and trees, including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world, now thrive on the island.

The 4WD tram takes you to the base of the summit where you’ll walk a half mile (900m) along a wooden boardwalk to reach the top. Be sure to bring your camera for fantastic panoramic shots of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. You might also spot birds native to New Zealand, such as the saddleback, tui and fantail.

Once you have soaked in the scenery from Rangitoto’s summit, you’ll rejoin the tour vehicle for the return trip via the western side of the island. Pass some of the preserved bachs–modest beach homes that were built in the 1920s. Bach settlements have almost disappeared in New Zealand, making Rangitoto's a rare example of this piece of architectural history. You may also see remnants of obsolete ships that, in the old days, were left to rot on the island’s hidden shores.

Be sure to bring enough snacks, water and sunscreen for the day as there are no stores on the island. A moderate level of fitness is needed for the walk to the top of the summit; people who do not want to do the walk can enjoy the views from the base.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Beautiful Island! Definitely a must see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Great trip out to the island and a memorable and informative tractor ride around and up the mountain. Our guide was great. Relaxed and sociable drive. Plenty of time to observe the volcanic landscape and a good hour to walk to the top to see the crater and then the views from the summit. A good amount of information at the gun emplacements. Experience very much helped by the weather. Plenty of time for photos.

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