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Introduction

Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve is the youngest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. It is home to our largest pohutukawa forest, and some unique plantlife.

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This is a Hauraki Gulf Treasure Island. Check your gear for pests before you visit.


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  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
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      Getting there

      Rangitoto is a Treasure Island.
      Rangitoto is a Treasure Island

      Rangitoto Island is in the Hauraki Gulf. Islington Bay is a popular anchorage for private boats. 

      A number of commercial ferry operators run trips to Rangitoto Wharf and some to Islington Bay Wharf.

      See the pest-free warranted operators for available transport options to this island.

      Know before you go

      Rangitoto, as seen from Browns Island.
      Rangitoto, as seen from Browns Island

      Take care not to miss your ferry back as there is no overnight accommodation on the island and alternative transport to the mainland is expensive.

      Fullers have a concession to operate a tractor 'train' ride to the summit.

      What you need to bring

      • Water/drink. There are no supplies or drinking water available on the island.
      • Sturdy walking shoes/boots that can cope with the island's rugged lava surfaces.
      • Sunhat and sunscreen. The heat rays reflecting off the lava can be intense.

      Looking after the island

      You can help ensure the long term success of keeping pests off this island and preventing reinvasion. Before you leave the mainland or travel between islands in the Hauraki Gulf:

      • Check your boat or kayak and gear for rats, mice, Argentine ants, rainbow skinks, soil and seeds. 
      • Clean footwear, clothing and gear of soil and seeds – weeds are a significant problem on the island.
      • Pack luggage and all food you are bringing to the island in pest-proof containers – not in open bags/boxes/containers or plastic bags.
      • Leave your dog and other pets at home – they pose a risk to the native species on this island.
      • Read the Treasure Islands biosecurity information.

      Other ways you can help look after Rangitoto Island 

      • Do not light open fires. They can easily get out of control. 
      • Take your rubbish off the island with you - observe the Department's 'Pack in - Pack Out' policy. There are no rubbish disposal facilities on Rangitoto.
      • Do not remove or disturb any plants or historic artefacts.
      • Keep to the tracks so you don't disturb plant life, or endanger yourself on the lava.
      • No bicycles.
      • No dogs - they may disturb or harm wildlife. 

      Non-compliance with these conditions may result in prosecution.

      Fires on Hauraki Gulf islands

      There is a total fire ban on islands in the Hauraki Gulf (with the exceptions of Waiheke, Great Barrier, Kawau and Rakino, where you can light a fire if you have a permit). Check the current Hauraki Gulf fire conditions.

      Working together to protect the Hauraki Gulf

      From small beginnings mighty things can grow, and from small beginnings mighty things can go. A single spark can be devastating to Auckland's treasured islands—and everything that lives there. If you see a fire call 111.

      Contacts

      Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
      Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
      Address:   137 Quay Street
      Princes Wharf
      Downtown
      Auckland 1010
      Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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