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“Be prepared for a hike” 4 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.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Be prepared for a hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The highlights of my visit to Rangitoto were the views and the lava caves. The scoria terrain at the base of the island was very cool too. The crater itself is full of greenery, and the volcano is inactive, so don't expect a rocky, steaming caldera.

At the base of the island, near the jetty for the ferry, there are a bunch of "historic" baches. Some are still inhabited. It is hard to see what is historic about them, though they do add a touch of local flavour.

One more thing to note is that the dark, volcanic rock absorbs and radiates a lot of heat from the sunlight. At the rocky bottom of the volcano where there may not be much of a breeze, it can get quite hot.

Visited November 2013
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“A "blast" from the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Travelled here with Russell tours. A very interesting place but take the tractor tour on the island or you will miss tooooo much! It's worth every bit of the extra cost for the convenience and the fun!

Visited November 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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“Like another planet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Rnagitoto Island was amazing, something I had never seen before. Completely made up of ahah and Pillow lava the land has no native land animals. It was like being on another planet.

There are quite a few hikes you can do on Rangitoto. If you want to fully explore take the 915am ferry from the warf (about $20) to Rangitoto and do the caves and the summit hike. If you are pressed for time take the 1215pm (the last ferry) over and either do the summit hike, at a quick jog or take the Fullers Island tour in a tractor cart! I know it sounds lame and lazy but seriously it amazing. You will get to see things that you would not if you were hiking and the guide gives you great information. It is around $60 for the tour and ferry return but well worth it.

Visited November 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Amazing View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Once you are at the top of Rangitoto (a 600 years old volcano) you have the most amazing view of Auckland. The easiest track will take you direct to the summit (it takes around one hour). Lots of fauna and flora to see and interesting lava caves.
You can get a better deal with the ferry ticket buying the Auckland Multipass that will allow you to go to Rangitoto plus other 4 attractions. Take plenty of water and fruits with you.

Visited December 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great way to spend a day in Auckland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Rangitoto is a beautiful island with an easy to medium scale hike to the top which has amazing panoramic views of all of Auckland city and Harbour. For the price of the ferry out it is certainly very affordable and nature enthusiasts will love the flora and fauna that grow on the island. It is possible to get a late morning ferry out like 11 o clock for example and walk to the lava caves, the summit down the far side of the hill and back around to the port in time for the last boat off the island at 16:00. We were told before hand that we would have to be moving very quickly to do this but we actually managed it quite easily. I would also recommend that you bring a torch or a head lamp if you plan on exploring the lava caves which I again would recommend they are very interesting.

Visited August 2013
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