Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

3h30
About this activity
Catch your ferry at downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal and relax on the 25-minute trip to Rangitoto Island where you’ll meet your 4WD tram (pulled by a tractor). Hop aboard for a guided tour of the volcanic island with a knowledgeable guide who provides commentary on the island's geology, plant life and human history.
You'll journey across rugged lava fields as your guide explains the origins of the island, formed about 700 years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions. About 200 species of moss, plants and trees, including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world, now thrive on the island.
The 4WD tram takes you to the base of the summit where you’ll walk a half mile (900m) along a wooden boardwalk to reach the top. Be sure to bring your camera for fantastic panoramic shots of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. You might also spot birds native to New Zealand, such as the saddleback, tui and fantail.
Once you have soaked in the scenery from Rangitoto’s summit, you’ll rejoin the tour vehicle for the return trip via the western side of the island. Pass some of the preserved bachs–modest beach homes that were built in the 1920s. Bach settlements have almost disappeared in New Zealand, making Rangitoto's a rare example of this piece of architectural history. You may also see remnants of obsolete ships that, in the old days, were left to rot on the island’s hidden shores.
Be sure to bring enough snacks, water and sunscreen for the day as there are no stores on the island. A moderate level of fitness is needed for the walk to the top of the summit; people who do not want to do the walk can enjoy the views from the base.
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Included
  • Live commentary on board
  • 2-hour guided 4WD road-train tour on Rangitoto Island
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This Voucher is Valid for Travel
  • Please dress appropriately
  • The 4WD road-train has drop-down clear curtain for protection in the rain
  • No shops are located on the island. Please bring food and drinks. Food and beverages can be purchased on the ferry en route to Rongitoto Island
  • The walk to the summit includes boardwalk stairs. The walk is optional. You can choose to enjoy the view from the base
  • Be sure to bring enough snacks, water and sunscreen for the day as there are no stores on the island
Features
Tourism
90%
Cultural
60%
Reviews
4.4
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KARREN G
5 | 2019-04-24

Short ferry ride to the island. Book before you go and book the trip with the tractor ride as those places book out quickly. The walk to the summit is very step but the view is worth the pain. Our tour guide was very informative with the history of the island. Take a hat. food and lots of water. All rubbish has to be taken back to Auckland as there are not bins on the island. We went over the Easter week end and the ferry was over crowded, we took the early trip which had the option of staying on the island longer.

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Agata B
3 | 2019-04-08

Very nice trip, lovely views and helpfull quider. I can recommend this trip everybody who want to know something new about nature in New Zealand

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Debra S
4 | 2018-03-05

I loved it but then I love to hike. My husband not so much. Be aware you are walking on a volcano lava rock and it is a long steep walk to the top. Glad we went on a cloudy day. I love the view once you reach the peak. Be certain to wear good supportive shoes, you're feet will be tired from the trip. Saw many people who had fallen from slipping on the lava rock and were scraped up from the experience. Never fret it is beautiful and fun.

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Hiromi G
4 | 2018-03-01

The Guide was very informative and able to see views without too much hard walk by pulled by tractor. It's around half hour walk from tractor to see view so able to enjoy walk and to see all around of the island. Then back on the tractor to go around to see volcanic stones then back to pier. It is a beautiful view. You go to pier 2 to exchange your voucher at ticket window then go to pier 4 to get on the boat which not stated at the time of booking. It seemed lots of people had trouble at the pier.

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Harry S
4 | 2018-02-26

The tallest and newest of the volcanoes that dot the Auckland landscape. The views from the topare spectacular. It's a 15 minute hike up a boardwalk with 350 stairs to get up there but it's worth it. There are also several large lava fields that simply don't look like anything you'd think would occur naturally. The guide was adequate although not as good as some others we've had.

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Emmanuel D
3 | 2018-02-22

The tour was good value for money. A half day tour lets you spend the morning in a volcano island with interesting sights and a view of the harbor and city

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GOPALAKRISHNAN V
4 | 2017-12-28

Nice day out and an unusual experience of driving through lava fields

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Joseph S
3 | 2017-11-28

The tour itself was amazing. The only reason for giving 3 stars instead of 5 is because of my experience with Viator. Do yourself a favour and don’t book with them. They double sold our tour and then didn’t do anything to help us once they had our money. I had to contact fullers myself.

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