Plan & prepare

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

Getting there

A new wharf has opened on Rangitoto Island. Media release 14 August 2014.

A number of commercial ferry operators run trips to Rangitoto Wharf and some to Islington Bay Wharf. See Ferries/water taxis on the Auckland Tourism website.

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!

Islington Bay is a popular anchorage for private boats.

Getting to the summit

Fullers have a concession to operate a tractor 'train' ride to the summit. See Guides and commercial tourism providers.

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, please:

  • Check your boat or kayak and your 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 – no open bags/boxes/containers or plastic bags please.
  • Leave your dog or other domestic pets at home – dogs 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. 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.

Non-compliance with these conditions may result in prosecution.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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