Rangitoto at dawn

Introduction

Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. An Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history, it's long been a favourite day trip for walkers, and a much loved boating destination.

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Find things to do and places to stay Rangitoto Island

Look out for saddleback/tieke, whitehead/popokatea, kaka, NZ parakeet/kakariki, tui, bellbird/korimako and tomtit/miromiro in the forest around the cone and crater on Rangitoto.

Flax Point, a 30 minute walk from Rangitoto Wharf, is a good place for spotting NZ dotterels/tuturiwhatu and gulls. You may also see native skinks basking on the rocks.

Rangitoto is a popular destination for boaties. Boats can be landed at the Rangitoto or Islington Bay wharves. Small boats can also be landed at the beach at Islington Bay (on Motutapu Island - walk across the causeway to Rangitoto), and this bay also provides a sheltered anchorage.

Wreck Bay on Rangitoto’s northern coast is a  good spot for diving or snorkelling. It was once used as a “ship graveyard”, a dumping ground for obsolete ships - at least 13 ships were dumped in and around Wreck Bay between 1887 and 1947. Some of the wreckage is just offshore and attracts a variety of marine life.

To get to Wreck Bay take the Wreck Bay Track from Islington Bay Road.

You can fish off the rocks anywhere round the island’s rugged coastline.

Rangitoto is accessible to experienced kayakers. It takes about 2 hours to kayak to Rangitoto Wharf from the mainland. You can also kayak to Rangitoto from the nearby islands of Motutapu or Motuihe, or as part of a tour of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

There are commercial operators that offer guided kayak tours and kayak rentals for Rangitoto.

No dogs allowed

To protect our native widlife, dogs are not allowed anywhere in this place.

Check you are pest-free

Check, clean, and seal your gear to ensure you don't bring pests, soil, and seeds.

See island biosecurity requirements.

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
The visitor centre is closed but you can still contact staff by email and phone.
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