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Introduction

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

Highlights


This is a Hauraki Gulf Treasure Island. Check you are pest-free before you visit.


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Activities

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

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  • Information panels
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

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    Getting there

    Rangitoto is a Treasure Island.
    Rangitoto is a Treasure Island

    Rangitoto Island is in the Hauraki Gulf close to Auckland City.

    There are two wharves – Rangitoto Wharf and Islington Bay Wharf. Islington Bay Wharf is a popular anchorage for private boats.

    The public passenger ferry is operated by Fullers. They also offer a 4WD road-train ride to the summit.

    If you are chartering a commercial vessel to the island, check the operator has a Pest-Free Warrant. Commercial vessels that use the wharf will also need a wharf landing permit.

    See transport options to this island.

    Rangitoto is also accessible to experienced kayakers. It takes approximately two hours to kayak to Rangitoto Wharf from the Auckland's North Shore.

    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.

    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.

    Total fire ban on Hauraki Gulf islands

    There is a total fire ban on islands in the Hauraki Gulf. The exceptions are Waiheke, Great Barrier, Kawau and Rakino, if you have a permit. Check the Auckland Council website.

    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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