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Tour is highly recommended. After a short trip by ferry across Auckland harbor you disembark on the island. Then begins your trip towards the top of the volcano in a trailer with seats, pulled by a tractor. An interesting commentary is provided along the way. Upon reaching the bottom of the boardwalk, you are then faced with a relatively easy 380 step climb to the volcano rim. From here you get 360 degree views of the other islands as well as back to Auckland. Once you return to the tractor, you begin your descent down the other side of the volcano, arriving back at the jetty in plenty of time to catch the next ferry back to Auckland. Note - you need to bring your own water and snacks as there are no facilities on the island and the only conveniences are at the start and the midway stop.
Loved doing the tractor pull to the top! My husband and I had just recently arrived in Auckland and were super jet-lagged and exhausted, so this was such a perfect trip to see some of Auckland without having to exert ourselves too much. Next time, we'll plan a bit more time to explore Rangitoto ourselves! Would definitely do this again. A very well organized tour.
Excellent trip. The tractor driver/guide was lovely and gave some great commentary throughout our tour. The walk to the very top gives some beautiful views throughout. Well worth going. If you do book it and go from Auckland CBD, check at one of the ticket booths which pier you should be on. Viator told us Pier2 in our booking when it was actually Pier4 - we nearly missed the ferry.....
Lucky to have a private tour. Great views and learned a lot of history.
Ferry ride from Auckland to island and then trolley ride around island. Bring a towel to sit on while in the trolley. Seats are old but it is a nice tour of the island. Be ready to climb quite a bit to the top of Rangitoto. I was able to do it and I smoked for 38 years and have been off of cigarettes for 2 years. I did need to stop and catch my breath a few moments a few times, but it was a nice nature walk/climb and I was able to see some of the birds and wildlife on the island. The lava fields were amazing. I had never seen anything like that before! The mangroves were a sight and the coast line was wild and beautiful. I would recommend this day tour to anyone visiting Auckland which is an amazing city as well.
Cruise Ship was delayed but we were able to change to afternoon tour. They went beyond to accommodate us. Great tour!
An excellent trip out and well worth the time to see an unspoilt island not too far from central Auckland
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.
Beautiful views and scenery! The 200 steps were more like 300. Tough climb to the top but views were amazing!
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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.
it was wonderful to see a place kept protected and preserved for the later generation!!!!
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.
Excellent experience. Highly recommended. Be sure to understand that to get to the top requires about 300 stairs. Although these are organized into many smaller groupings with relatively flat boardwalks in between, it is a tiring climb up. But, well worth the view from the top!
Great commentary from the guide. Recommend doing this as there was transport. You can walk around the island but you might risk missing the ferry. There are no shops on this island.
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.
Great guide with good information, great small sized group, unfortunetly bad weather but still very informative and extremely fascinating island
Nice day out and an unusual experience of driving through lava fields
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