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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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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 off-road adventure, hear commentary about the island’s history, geology and rich plant life, including the largest preserved pohutukawa forest in the world.
  • 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
  • Includes round-trip ferry ticket from Auckland
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.

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, Oct 2019
We booked this as an alternative to an expensive shore excursion from a cruise. We were not informed which pier the ferry left from and also had to get a printed ticket from the ferry company (which was also not indicated when booking). We had to find our own way to the correct pier but found the road train (pulled by a tractor) we used for the tour of the island quite easily. The tour was a bumpy ride but the tour guide/driver was friendly and informative with the unique dry humour of a Kiwi. The boardwalk steps were an enjoyable challenge for us with stunning views as our reward, (obviously unsuitable for those with limited mobility). It was not clear when booking that the tour would return in time to catch the 4pm ferry, which caused us some concern in getting back before our cruise ship sailed!
Peaceful Beautiful Views
, Oct 2019
Wonderfully planned out. Informative tour up the volcano and then a short hike to the summit. Best views around. So peaceful and serene. A must-co!
Awesome day trip
, Oct 2019
Highly recommended for first time visitors to Rangitoto. Had a great time. The tour guide was very knowledgable and enjoyed the scenes. We stopped at Devonport in the return ferry and climbed up mt Victoria as well, making it a perfect 1-day trip.
, Apr 2019
Short ferry ride to the island. Book before you go and book the trip with the tractor ride as those places book out quickly. The walk to the summit is very step but the view is worth the pain. Our tour guide was very informative with the history of the island. Take a hat. food and lots of water. All rubbish has to be taken back to Auckland as there are not bins on the island. We went over the Easter week end and the ferry was over crowded, we took the early trip which had the option of staying on the island longer.
, Apr 2019
Very nice trip, lovely views and helpfull quider. I can recommend this trip everybody who want to know something new about nature in New Zealand
Great trip indeed
, Jan 2019
I live in Auckland therefore know something about Rangitoto as well as see the island almost every day hiowever this was the first time I ever had a chance to visit it.The trip by Ferry was good and staff was friendly. We arrived and joined the tour in a tractor pulled wagon that was very bumpy but this was actually part of the fun.The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly showing us all the interesting spots, mentioning aspects of the geography, fauna and flora, and history.We returned, had a time to eat our lunch and walk around. The only thing missing was that the guide (or brochures) we had forgot to mention about the Museum that is on the left hand side of the ferry terminal.Only when we were boarding the ferry to go back to Auckland we noticed that there was a museum and it was open for visitors. Frustrating. I any way, everything else was pretty good and recommended. Just don't eat too much before taking the excursion.
A very enjoyable day. The driver's...
Helen M
, Apr 2018
A very enjoyable day. The driver's narration was interesting and informative and the weather was glorious!
Interesting island and the train...
Karen R
, Apr 2018
Interesting island and the train made it easy to see. They handed out ponchos and it did pour while we were at the summit. Got really windy and poured down so take the poncho when offered. They did not allow time to see the lava tubes on the guided tour, we had brought flashlights to see them, so don't have to tote torches for this. You could probably go on your own but, would have to catch a latter ferry. Nice ferry ride and the train ride made it easy to complete.
I loved it but then I love to hike...
Debra S
, Mar 2018
I loved it but then I love to hike. My husband not so much. Be aware you are walking on a volcano lava rock and it is a long steep walk to the top. Glad we went on a cloudy day. I love the view once you reach the peak. Be certain to wear good supportive shoes, you're feet will be tired from the trip. Saw many people who had fallen from slipping on the lava rock and were scraped up from the experience. Never fret it is beautiful and fun.
The Guide was very informative and...
Hiromi G
, Mar 2018
The Guide was very informative and able to see views without too much hard walk by pulled by tractor. It's around half hour walk from tractor to see view so able to enjoy walk and to see all around of the island. Then back on the tractor to go around to see volcanic stones then back to pier. It is a beautiful view. You go to pier 2 to exchange your voucher at ticket window then go to pier 4 to get on the boat which not stated at the time of booking. It seemed lots of people had trouble at the pier.

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