Experience a world of contrasts as you journey through Auckland’s largest, most diverse island sanctuaries.

Track overview

12 km

Walking and tramping

8 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Knowledgeable Ngāi Tai tribal guides will share with you traditional and contemporary stories linked to these beautiful islands. The interactive nature of the tour will see you participating in traditional practices, such as food harvesting, weaving, or learning about the medicinal properties of the island’s flora and fauna.

Length: 12 km

Departs: Auckland waterfront


  • Discover the beauty of Auckland's Waitematā harbour with a ferry to and from Rangitoto Island.
  • Join your kaiārahi (guide) who'll share their traditional local stories and customs about the ancient landscapes of Te-Motutapu-a-Taikehu (the Māori name for the ‘sacred island’ of Rangitoto) and the alien lava-scapes of Rangitoto.
  • Experience Ngāi Tai tikanga (customs) as you are welcomed and hosted in tranditional Ngāi Tai fashion.
  • Walk to the summit of Rangitoto and experience 360 degree panoramic views of greater Auckland.
  • Wander through regenerating native forest where you may even spot the rare and endangered takahē and tieke while learning the importance of biosecurity.
  • Discover the contrasts and connections between Rangitoto and Motutapu at Gardiners Gap where the two islands meet.

Collecting pipi on the Rangitoto Motutapu guided walk.
Collecting pipi on the Rangitoto Motutapu guided walk


Te Haerenga Guided Walks

Phone: +64 9 533 6303

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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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