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Review of Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
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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.
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We took the Fullers ferry and began the ascent to view the crater. Black volcanic rock everywhere, and the view from the top is very good, but you don't actually see a crater. There is a lot of vegetation on the island and the views are diminishing. On the way there is a cave you can visit which is almost like a man-built tunnel. We also went for a walk around the waters edge to enjoy more of the varied flora and some birds. There is no actual fee for the island, only the cost of the ferry. The fullers ferry sells cold drinks at a reasonable price compared to a lot of tourist options. There are no facilities and the ferry crew will remind you of this before you get off the ferry, so you can use theirs.

1  Thank Lornainaus
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

The trail was boring. We didn't see any birds or wildlife. The views from the top of the "mountain" were good.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

A short ferry away, this is a great spot for hiking. We did all of the trails and the caves. Most of the trails are easy but one around the coast from the east back to the wharf if two hours of lava hopping so poles were very useful. We didn't bring our bathing suits but near the connection with Motutapu are some lovely bays where one could. Take your time and enjoy the view and the caves and all of the trails.

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I've been to Rangitoto three times now since moving to Auckland. It is one of my favorite activities. The vegetation there is different than the surrounding areas and feels quite isolated even though it is only 30 minutes away by ferry.

An even better plan is to bring overnight gear and hike to Motutapu on the visit.

1  Thank Craig B
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Picked up an early water taxi to the island and spent the afternoon there, returning to Auckland a little before dinnertime. Hiked to the summit and had some chocolate and spent some time at the base near the water just relaxing before the boat. The walk itself is very easy and the path is well taken care for. There's not much to do out here other than the hike, so just keep that in mind...

Thank Sebastian S
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