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Rangitoto Island

Sail from Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 106 Attractions in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Islands, Volcanos
Owner description: This volcanic island, which last erupted 600 years ago, offers bird-watching, swimming, fishing, walking trails, colorful flora and spectacular views... more » Owner description: This volcanic island, which last erupted 600 years ago, offers bird-watching, swimming, fishing, walking trails, colorful flora and spectacular views from the summit of its cone-shaped mountain. « less
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Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
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196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This island was formed by a volcanic eruption only 600 years ago. It was interesting to see how the sharp, sterile volcanic rock is being colonised by plants & birds and I was surprised at how lush the vegetation has become in so short a period of time. The route I took from Rangitoto wharf was the Summit track and... More

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Oakland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A fairly easy/moderate hike to the top where the view is really wonderful. Don't skip the lava caves and don't wimp out - they look dark and scary but walk through them - you will be glad you did. Just make sure our phone has a flash light on it so you don't trip or fall on the way through.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Rangitoto makes for a great day trip from AKL harbor, make sure you wear sturdy shoes, maybe not white ones either. Views from the top of the crater are spectacular - I wonder if they can put up hammocks and a small bar up there ;) this would make it perfect. Strolls on the shores along the few houses on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is an extinct volcano one of 58 volcanos in New Zealand. It is a national park and can be visited for extensive walks on the island.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Make a day (or half day) of a trip to Rangitoto Island and get to see the city from a different perspective. It's a great spot for a challenging but not difficult hike with beautiful views and facts to learn along the way. Keep in mind, it's volcanic rock, so good/closed walking shoes are a must - crocs or sandals... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very cool hike atop the volcano and the views of Auckland are very cool. The ferry ride is only 25 mins and the hike to the summit is only about 45 mins up and worth the trip.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visited Rangitoto Island in August (winter) on a warm, sunny day. The volcanic scenery is great, and the views of Auckland are great from multiple locations around the island. The views from the crater and lookout points are fantastic, as would be expected. My favorite was the lava caves - not too extensive, but definitely authentic and very enjoyable.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great Walk up to the top and a great view of Auckland and if you like taking photos, there are some great photos, even if your not going to walk up, i have to say everyone has to do this if you live in Auckland or coming from anywhere in New Zealand over sea's

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Vienna, Austria
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We love walking on Rangitoto. An easy hike for anyone, just make sure you pack your lunch. Great views of Auckland city too.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Rangitoto Island is a short ferry ride from Downtown Auckland (about 30 minutes one way). The ferry is operated by Fullers and an adult return ticket is NZD $29.00. We went on a Saturday and caught the 10.30am ferry so by 11.00am we were on the island. We wanted to walk to the summit, do the lava caves, as well... More

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