Catch Fuller's Ferry from the Ferry Buildings in Quay St. If you catch the early bird boat it leaves at 7.30am only $17 instead of $28 return, so worth getting up early for. The trip takes 30 minutes. From the Rangitoto Wharf to the summit, a good walker will take 45 minutes but allow 1 hour. What is really amazing about this island is the amount of vegetation, some large trees, that are virtually growing out of the rock, there is hardly any soil on this island at all! On a clear day you will get great 360 views of the Auckland harbour and surrounding areas from the top - a spectacular sight.
We planned to catch the 12.45pm ferry back (several sailings a day) so coming down we decided to walk to Islington Bay Wharf arriving there at 10am, a 1 hour walk. We then decided to do the Coastal walk back to the Rangitoto Wharf instead of the road walk, which is shorter and a lot easier. They claim it takes 2hr 30mins for the Coastal walk, but we did it in 1hr 40min. Tip: My advice is to take the road walk. On most of the Coastal walk you don't see the coast, and the track over rugged rocks is unbelievable, you certainly need good footwear; this track is unsuitable for elderly or young people, individuals who find walking difficult and should be sign posted as such - probably the most difficult track I have ever walked on. If you sprain and ankle or break a leg, not difficult to do, you could be in strife,make sure you have a mobile. There are a lot easier walks on the island than this. Rangitoto is a must see attraction in Auckland.
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