Looking across the bay to Bach
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This classic bach on pest-free Rangitoto Island is near the wharf at Islington Bay. Built in the 1920s, this bach combines the tranquillity of the past with modern convenience.


Explore the rugged coastline, watch the sunset from the summit, experience the abundant birdlife or simply sit and soak up the tranquillity of a bygone age. This is a rare opportunity to stay overnight on a volcanic island close to the city.

Accommodation overview


  • Boat


  • Sole


Bookings required


  • Kitchen - basic
  • Lighting
  • Shower - cold


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • 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)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this accommodation


Bach 78 has the following facilities:

  • two bedrooms - sleeps 6 people (2 bunks and 2 single beds, with pillows)
  • basic kitchen, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery supplied
  • gas cooker
  • chilly bin
  • solar lighting
  • solar shower
  • chemical toilet.

Getting there

Bach 78 is located at Islington Bay near the wharf, on the eastern side of Rangitoto Island. It is a 1 hr 30 min walk from Rangitoto Wharf.

Access is by water taxi, ferry, private boat or kayak.


  • $120 per week night (sole occupancy) for 4 people and $10 per extra person.
  • $150 per night in the weekend and public holidays (sole occupancy) for 4 people and $10 per extra person.


Bookings are essential. Book this bach online at Bookabach – reference number 42416.

Know before you go

  • Rangitoto Island is pest free – no pets are allowed.
  • There are no shops on Rangitoto Island.
  • Mobile coverage is limited at Islington Bay.
  • Travel details must be arranged separately with water taxi, ferry operator, etc.
  • There is no hot running water at the bach.
  • No smoking is permitted in the bach.

Biosecurity requirements

All visitors staying on the island must complete and bring the biosecurity checklist.

What to bring

Ensure you bring the following items for your stay in the bach:

  • sleeping bag, sheet, pillowcase
  • drink bottle
  • food for your stay
  • clothing for warm and cold/wet weather, including sunhat, swimming gear, warm hat, raincoat, overtrousers
  • tramping boots or other sturdy shoes
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • torch
  • completed biosecurity checklist.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shed 19 Princes Wharf
137 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
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