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“Such a strange place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island
Sail from Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand
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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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Such a strange place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

It always feels special to go to Rangitoto; the restricted numbers, the boat ride, the island itself which, as a developing ecostructure is only about 600 years old, is very odd, beautiful, elemental and very well worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
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“Do it, you won't regret it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Take plenty of water, good walking shoes and if you are doing the circuit make sure you allow enough time to get the ferry back. The road can get very hot underfoot so good shoes are essential for the circuit walk.

Visited August 2011
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“Volcano turned Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

I loved it here. A great walk up to the top (although my 58 year old Father gave up half way). It's not a tough walk, but it's certainly harder than some of the locals make out. Estimated time to climb is given at an hour, but it can be done in half that time if you're fit enough. Wonderful views from the summit.

Visited October 2011
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“Rangitoto Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Stopped there on a ferry tour, only for 15 minutes, but a charming little spot

Visited October 2011
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“Volcanic Island Landscape SO different to urban setting, yet SO close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We have this saying in NZ: “Don’t leave home until you see your own place.” Hence this is a review of a local icon.

Rangitoto Island is the largest and youngest volcano, (about 600 years old), of the 50 or so in Auckland City. This volcano it came up out of the ocean coincidentally close to Motutapu Island, which is soil and grass covered, (and there is a causeway link to this island for further walks there too).

It is an easy to visit the island via ferries, which run form Downtown Auckland, a half hour max, (stopping at Devonport on the way).

You will need you own lunch and bottled water, (as there are no shops), and bring your swimming togs if it is a summer time visit. Suggest you wear sturdy shoes or tramping boots, (to support ankles).

Most people seem to dash from the ferry to the Summit track, (I have done many times – and I would say its OK, but only just – the views although 360 degrees are distant, and there are caves on the way down – you need a torch though).

But what most people don’t attempt are the coastal tracks etc., which are often through surreal landscapes of lava fields, past nesting NZ Dotterel and Southern Black backed gulls and into shady 4-5 metre high bush. (NB. the temperature on the island is normally on or two degrees higher than city – due to the ever-present black volcanic rock, so bring sun cream and a hat).

Note: At times on these tracks, care has to be taken with each foot placement due to the rugged and irregular ground. The track walking times seem a little exaggerated, (though I may have pushed myself), cf. the walking times on the roads, which do seem accurate.

There are also historic “baches,” (small holiday shacks that are allowed to remain as long as direct family connections in ownership. NB. There is no electricity on the island). These picturesque baches are mainly in and around the ferry landing points, (Islington Bay Wharf is only used in summer – check with the Fullers Ferries).

Also worth the detour is the track to Wreck Bay, (although hard walking through the lava fields is indeed worth it, various parts of small ships are visible).

Local fauna includes the Pohutukawa and Puka, (lovely shiny green leaves), which is re-establishing itself after the irradiation of possum and wallaby, (and many other ferns, lichens, algae).

All up a great day out, you get a boat ride on the harbour and a totally different world from the urban city, yet SO close.

Don’t miss the last ferry back! As there are no places to stay overnight.

Visited October 2011
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