View of Auckland from Rangitoto Island

Image: Justin Scott | Creative Commons


Take a short walk around Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve. Stroll through a kowahi grove or glen of kidney ferns, or walk along the coast to a gull breeding colony.


Track overview

Walking and tramping

Under 1 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Track times are indicative only. Ensure you have plenty of time to complete your walk and catch the ferry.

Kowhai Grove

Time: 45 min return

This short walk leads to a small kowhai grove, especially attractive in spring when the trees are flowering.

Kidney Fern Glen

Time: 45 min return

A track branching off the Summit Track leads through a glen of delicate, translucent kidney ferns, at their best after rain.

Flax Point and historic baches

Time: 1 hr return 

A coastal walk to a black back gull breeding colony on Flax Point. The first section of track passes by some of the remaining historic baches on the island.

Getting there

All these short walks originate from Rangitoto Wharf. 

Know before you go

  • Bring water with you - there are no supplies of drinking water on the island.
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots are essential to cope with the island's rugged lava surfaces.
  • Bring a sunhat and sunscreen - heat rays reflecting off the lava can be intense.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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