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“Weird landscape and great views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island
Sail from Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
Ranked #6 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Islands, Volcanos, Outdoors
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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
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“Weird landscape and great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Well worth a day trip, this volcanic island is almost entirely black lava and red scoria. The pest eradication program has led to rapid development of the forest, with trees growing in what little soil has accumulated since the island appeared just over 600 years ago. In early summer the red flowers on the trees look amazing. Well worth the trip and the walk, but the dark rock means it can get really warm, and on parts (especially the coastal track) there is little shade. Take lots of water and a decent hat, even on a cloudy day. If you have covered shoes to protect your toes and a torch are even some lava tunnels you can walk though. There is transport almost to the top of the mountain for those seeking a less strenuous way to get a view.

Visited December 2012
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“Eerie Lava surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was the second island I visited on this weekend, having just been to Waiheke. The two places could not have been more different and the weather was much colder too. There are only three ferries a day in each direction, and during inclement weather some are cancelled and/or diverted to the Islington Bay Wharf. Either way the walk to the summit of this now dormant volcano takes about an hour and a half. The scenery is a mixture of scrub and exposed lava fields, which clearly are being re-vegetated. There are few views until near the top, when the rough track gives way to a slatted pathway and steps for the final few hundred yards. Although hazy and cold during my visit the 360 degrees view from the summit is amazing, looking onto the myriad of other islands and back to Auckland City. There is absolutely no commercial outlet here so taking water and snacks is vital, and of course equally essential is to take all of your litter home.If just plain walking is not for you don't go, but for solitude and exercis this is a brilliant day out.

Visited December 2012
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“Great hike with commanding views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Pack a lunch, take a ferry from the central wharf and head over to Rangitoto for a day away from the city. When you land do not follow the main trail, take off to the left and avoid the more popular route. I had the trail to myself for hours until I began to head towards the summit. Beautiful ocean views along the trail as well as a commanding view of the harbor and islands.

Visited November 2012
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Better than I thought.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Took our tribe up to the top for the day (including a 3 & 5yr old) & was pleasantly surprised. Was a nice sunny day so quite warm with all the volcanic rock around. A bit of a hike, not too taxing if you allow plenty of time, but the views at the top were worth it. The dry track was quite slippery coming down so take appropriate footwear. Take a towel & have a swim back at the jetty while you are waiting for the ferry (if the tide is in). No shops or Cafes on the island so go prepared or buy stuff on the ferry. The ferries are punctual so dont be late. There is a train that can take you up but you need to pre-book it. Theres stops with info boards along the way and toilets on the island. Was enjoyable coz' the weather was good.

Visited November 2012
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We spent some childhood holidays here so was nice to revisit after such a longtime and see the renovated bachs. you have to walk to the top - better to visit in the cooler times as the volcanic rock under your feet gets really hot in summer

Visited May 2012
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