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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 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.


  • 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
  • Inculdes round-trip ferry ticket from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Rangitoto Island

Take in the spectacular lava fields and natural beauty of Rangitoto Island, starting with a 25-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. On arrival, hop into a 4WD tractor-pulled tram for a guided 2-hour 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.

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A very beautiful experience.

Kalpana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was great! I enjoyed the ride around the island and then, the walk up the volcano. The views were breathtaking as was the walk around the rim of the volcano.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Beautiful views and scenery! The 200 steps were more like 300. Tough climb to the top but views were amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Vivyan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The Rangitoto Tour is the perfect way to visit that young volcanic island in a half-day. Although the 300 steps to the top is daunting for some, it is doable even at my age.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

exactly as advertised. and a little off the beaten path.

Scott F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

awesome experience!

Bernadette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

it was wonderful to see a place kept protected and preserved for the later generation!!!!

Daphne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An interesting way to spend the afternoon. Information on the island given by 'train' driver very interesting. The view from the islands summit was well with the 300 steps to get up to it. Wasn't sure whether I would manage the steps but they are very gradual and not too hard at all.

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