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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 March 7, 2014 via mobile

There is an earlier 7.30am ferry on the weekends and public holidays, I recommend it. I took the path out to Mckenzie beach and up to the summit, it's much longer but has good views. I then went down the summit track which was more shaded as the island heats up. Good footwear is essential, the scoria tracks can be slippery in places. If you take the track to the lava caves it can be very rough in places but that made it an adventurous for me. Taking your own snacks and water is essential.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We booked the " Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour" directly through Fullers Ferry, in downtown Auckland, at the ferry docks office. The price includes your Round trip ferry ride and tour aboard a 4WD road-train to the summit cone. (or you can choose to hike the way up to the summit cone.)
We chose the ride up and a partial hike up to the Summit Lookout and Crater lookout with Lava Caves. Lots of history on this island and the vistas across Waitemata Harbour to Sky City are incredible.
Our guide was very good, informative and quite a sense of humor too!


Take water and snacks with you.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Took the ferry from Auckland Central to Rangitoto Island, just a 25 Minute hop and you are on a Pristine nature reserve. Rangitoto Island was formed by a volcanoe that erupted 500 years ago. There are lava flows everywhere, and lava tubes to visit. It is quite a hike to the summit, but the hike was worth it. Trekking through the largest pohotokawa forest in the world and the view from the summit is to be seen to believed. The whole island surrounded by the Hauraki Golf is just so beautiful. Only one downer there is no shop!!!

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My husband and I only had a couple days in Auckland and took the ferry to Rangitoto. Was a short ferry ride and well worth it. Nice hike to the summit, but you must take water and snacks with you - there is nothing on the island and you will work up a thirst/appetite! Great 360degree view from the top! The detour to the "lava caves" on the path is well worth it - but be sure you take a flashlight! Should probably allow 2-3 hours for the hike...check the ferry schedule.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

About 30 minutes from Auckland City by the ferry, which does a quick stop over at Devonport, Rangitoto should be part of the list of things to do if you're visiting Auckland. The ferry over is about $30 and there are only 2 or 3 ferries to the island and another 2 or 3 returning. So make sure you get the ferry timings correct.

The trek up can be quite tiring. If you're hiking up in summer I would suggest wearing mid length pants, bermudas of that sort. I wore long pants and definitely regretted it. The hike up takes about 2 hours if i recall.

Do stop by at the lava caves before hitting the summit IF you plan on doing the coastal walks as well. Do note that you would take at least 2 hours on the coastal walks if you were to walk very quickly.

I would suggest against doing the coastal walks unless you're really into walking as the scenery isn't that fantastic around that area. Just a little beach which has a pathetic toilet and no water supply.

The caves at the start were a little small, but do make sure you find the one where you can walk through. A little tricky to navigate through but most people should be able to manage it. Your children would get tired doing this trek I would feel.

View at the top is not bad, and thankfully half worth the trek up at least. BRING FOOD AND WATER, LOTS OF WATER if it is summer. Sunblock if you're walking the coastal walk as there is close to no shade. Wear good shoes as well as the ground is uneven most of the time and rocky.

Thank Xunliang_Lin
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