Rangitoto Island Tours

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Just a half-hour ferry ride from Auckland, Rangitoto Island offers active travelers an adventurous escape from the city. This 600-year-old dormant volcano boasts stunning panoramic views of Auckland and a selection of rugged walks both up and around the island, most of them suitable for people of all fitness levels.

The Basics
Rangitoto Island, in the middle of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, is popular with hikers: the easy summit track offers stunning views of the Auckland landscape, and it’s a short walk from the summit to Rangitoto’s striking lava caves. For snorkelers, on the northern side of the island is Wreck Bay, a ship graveyard with wrecks dating back to 1887. Rangitoto is connected to nearby Motutapu Island by causeway, and both islands are home to a wide range of native plants and animals. Rangitoto’s summit track cuts through the world’s largest pohutukawa forest, and birds such as saddleback and kaka live around the summit and in the forest.

You can explore Rangitoto with a guided half-day 4WD or kayaking tour from Auckland. Alternatively, experienced paddlers can kayak to Rangitoto from Auckland; there are rental companies around the city. For easy summit access, ride a “road train” (tram pulled by a tractor) to the top of the island.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Rangitoto Island is ideal for hikers and active nature lovers.
  • Discover Rangitoto’s history as a military outpost, and explore the remaining command posts and bunkers near the summit.
  • Learn more about Rangitoto’s history at the Bach 38 museum, right next to Rangitoto Wharf.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, tote a flashlight, and carry plenty of snacks and water (there are no shops on Rangitoto).
  • Rangitoto and Motutapu are proudly pest-free thanks to concerted conservation efforts, so check your bags and clothes before you take the ferry over.

How to Get There
Rangitoto Island is accessible only by boat. Catch a public ferry from Auckland to Rangitoto, anchor your private boat in Islington Bay, or join a guided tour to the island.

When to Get There
It’s best to visit Rangitoto when the weather is good and the skies are clear: inclement weather can obstruct the perfect views of Auckland—and you risk injury on some of the more rugged tracks. Try visiting on a weekday, as Rangitoto is popular with local weekenders.

Stay Overnight on Rangitoto Island
It’s possible—and wonderful—to spend the night on Rangitoto or Motutapu. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has two private baches (holiday houses), Bach 114 and Bach 78, that travelers can rent for the night. If you’d rather sleep under the stars, there’s a beachside campsite at Home Bay on Motutapu Island.
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Address: Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Explore the volcanic terrain of Rangitoto Island aboard a 4WD tractor-pulled tram on this half-day guided tour. Depart Auckland for Rangitoto on a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf, and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the water and city skyline after a short walk to the island’s summit. During your 2-hour off-road adventure, hear commentary about the island’s history, geology and rich plant life, including the largest preserved pohutukawa forest in the world.
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Helicopter Sightseeing Tours Auckland and Waiheke

See Auckland from the sky on this helicopter sightseeing tour. Choose the tour that fits your schedule and your interests – grab stunning aerial photographs of the city to show your friends back home, or take the longer tour and get unique views of hard-to-access islands in the Hauraki Gulf. This tour is a great way to get acquainted with Auckland: your pilot doubles as your guide, pointing out highlights that you can visit once you’re back on the ground.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission

Learn all about Auckland during a comprehensive 5-hour tour by bus and boat. Start your day with a 2.5-hour bus tour of the City of Sails, then continue with a 1.5-hour boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour and a visit to the Sky Tower. Take in highlights such as historical buildings in downtown Auckland, the waterfront beaches along Tamaki Drive, and views of the Hauraki Gulf.
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Auckland Seaplane Tour

Explore the aerial terrain around the Auckland region and its volcanic Island’s during a 40-minute seaplane tour. Fly over Auckland landmarks such as the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge, and take in the bird's-eye views of Lake Pupuke, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe, and Brown’s islands from above before a landing next to the Harbour Bridge. Hear live commentary from the pilot on natural features such as white-sand beaches and volcanic craters dotting the Hauraki Gulf. Select a morning or afternoon flight.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Waiheke Island Lunch or Dinner by Seaplane from Auckland

Fly from Auckland to Waiheke Island on a narrated seaplane flight over the Hauraki Gulf, with aerial views of the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge and Motutapu Island. You’ll enjoy a 3-course meal of seasonal produce and seafood with a glass of sparkling wine at the Oyster Inn, an award-winning restaurant in the charming village of Oneroa. Then return to Auckland at your leisure by ferry.
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Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

While your ship is in port in Auckland, combine sightseeing, a boat cruise and sky-high views from the Sky Tower so you can see the city from all angles. A professional guide points out popular attractions such as Quay Street, the Auckland Museum, and Dominion Parks and Gardens. You’ll visit the Tamaki waterfront and glide under the Harbour Bridge during your 90-minute cruise on Waitemata Harbour. This shore excursion shows you the many sides to Auckland, New Zealand’s premier city.
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Full-Day Tour of Waiheke Island including Wine Tastings

Explore pretty Waiheke Island's beaches, vineyards, and rolling scenery on a full-day, small-group tour that includes tastings at three boutique vineyards. You'll get an overview and orientation of the island, stopping for great views and sandy beaches, and learn about local wine production as you sip Waiheke vintages. Group size is limited to six people to ensure personal service, with pickup and drop-off at the Matiatia Ferry Terminal or island hotels.
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Auckland City and West Coast Full-Day Tour

Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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Auckland Rangitoto Island Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour

Paddle a kayak through Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, then step on the shore for a 45-minute guided walk to the Rangitoto crater, where you'll enjoy panoramic views of Auckland's skyline. This 6-hour evening sunset tour is led by a kayaking and hiking guide, which ensures that you can focus on the scenery and the activities rather than navigation and directions. You'll learn much more about the geography, flora, and fauna of the region than you would by exploring independently.
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Villa Maria Wine Tour and Airport Shuttle from Auckland

Discover some of the fine wines for which New Zealand is famous on this 3.5-hour winemaking experience from Auckland. Visit the lush vineyards of Villa Maria Estate Winery, nestled beneath a mighty volcano on the Ihimatao Peninsula. Explore the vineyards and winery with your guide, and learn of the different grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the workings of a modern winemaking estate and sample seven award-winning wines.
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Cultural Walking Tour on Mount Eden

Mount Eden is Auckland’s highest point but it’s more than just a viewpoint – the sacred Maori peak of Maungawhau also played an important role in Auckland’s history. This 90-minute walking tour is led by an Ngāti Whātua guide, so you can uncover the fascinating cultural heritage of Mount Eden, as well as enjoying spectacular views of the city, Waitematā harbor, and Rangitoto Island.
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Maori Guided Walking Tour in Auckland

Discover Auckland’s ancient Maori heritage on this 1.5-hour walking tour of Tāmaki Makaurau – the sacred lands on the outskirts of the city. Immerse yourself in Maori culture as you take part in a Maori blessing, learn about the traditions of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tribe, hear the legend of the ‘Home Fires of Tāmaki’ and enjoy spectacular views over Auckland.
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Half-Day Takapuna Food and Culture Tour from Auckland

Stroll the waterfront and beachside eateries of Takapuna, an up-and-coming foodie destination and popular seaside suburb of Auckland. Soak up the scenic views along the tree-lined coastline while learning about the area’s culinary culture during a 3.5-hour food walking tour with your guide. Discover hidden gems and tempt your palate with pizza, tarts, chocolate and more!
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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