Take in the spectacular lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto Island, starting with the ferry ride from downtown Auckland. On arrival, hop into a 4WD tractor-pulled tram for a guided tour of the volcanic island.
As you traverse rugged lava fields, an informative guide narrates Rangitoto’s volcanic origins and geology. Discover the island’s thriving plant life — around 200 species of moss, plants and trees, including the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.
Upon reaching the base of the summit, it’s a moderate half-mile (.8-km) walk along a wooden boardwalk to reach the top, where you’re rewarded with a panorama of the Auckland skyline and the Hauraki Gulf. There are no shops on Rangitoto--you'll want to bring water, snacks, and sunscreen with you.
Afterward, rejoin the tram to explore the island’s western side, passing modest 1920s beach homes called bachs, and possibly glimpsing obsolete ships left to decay on the island’s hidden shores. Your tour ends with a return ferry ride to Auckland.