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Rangitoto Island

Sail from Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Ranked #8 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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Auckland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Try and go on a still, calm and sunny day. Auckland does have quite a few of these! Reasonable fitness is required. Children love the the lava caves and the thrill of helping the older generation!! We climbed straight up the face of Rangitoto and were amazed at the regrowth of the flora. Hadn't been on Rangitoto for probably 20... More

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Coopers Beach, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A thirty minute ferry trip from Auckland City and you arrive at Rangitoto Island. The climb to the viewing points at the top of the island provides fantastic views over the Hauraki Gulf but you need to be reasonably fit as the climb up to the summit is quite steep. The other option is to take the volcanic explorer. Bring... More

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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's a volcano and you can climb it! Experienced hikers will not find this difficult. The trail could be a little better marked. Although we did go from a lesser used pier as there was unusual wind that day. If you're not sure, like I wasn't, then follow the crowd. The terrain never lets you forget that you are climbing... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My husband and i climbed to the top of the volcano,it was very strenuous but worth every step for the view and the great satisfaction of reaching the top,best to do in the summer snd honestly bring loads to eat and drink as its a gruelling climb and mostly up sets of steps and you get manic thirsty.loved it.

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Montreal, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the morning ferry to Rangitoto. If you want to enjoy the island, be sure to take the 9:30 am ferry. We walked to the lava caves which were very cool. Be sure to bring either a flashlight or use a flashlight app on your phone. We then hiked to the top of the volcano. It helps if you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We took the guided tour. Well worth it. We would never have walked right round the island and the guide had so much knowledge about Rangitoto it was worth every cent.

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Gold Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A unique place to explore. Best done with a little tour group, as they will take you up to the top of the volcano. The land is totally made of the old black lava rocks. It affords a wonderful view of Auckland and its harbour. We has some cloudy and wet time up there, but the atmosphere was superb. There... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The view is quite good if you make the walk up to the top but I thought it would be presented a little bit better, maybe a nicer platform that allowed you to see 360. I felt cramped up there, and we were basically eating lunch with everyone else, all side by side. There are some signs along the way... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A visit to Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland's best days out and best value for money. Take a ferry from the downtown terminal - in under an hour you are transported from the noise and pressures of traffic and crowds to an extinct volcanic island with a short but fascinating history, a landscape and flora that are other-wordly and... More

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Dallas
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Unfortunately I took the late ferry and didn't get to the island until about 1:00. The last ferry off the island is about 3:30. So I did a power walk to the top of Rangitoto and back. I would have liked to spend more time to discover the caves or taken the hike to the ship wreck. I suggest to... More

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