It only costs $28 (less if you use a 10% discount voucher from tourist book) to catch the ferry across to Rangitoto Island and have a great couple of hours walking. Get the 915 am over, hike and get the 12.45pm back to Auckland. You can clearly see the volcanic cone as you approach the island and take the main summit track to get fabulous 360 degree views.About 50 minutes up & a little less coming down. Do the 15 minutes crater rim circuit while you are at the summit as well. Old WW2 fortifications and bird life. Unfortunately due to the drought the pohutakawa forest was not flowering this year but the island must be fabulous when it does.The black scoria rocks from the lava flows are amazing.Worth the trip.
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