"Keeweechic's Rangitoto Island" Rangitoto Island by keeweechic

Rangitoto Island Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 49 photos

Rangitoto- "Blood Red Sky"

Rangitoto Island was originally called Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua (Maori) which means "the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed". This comes about from a fight between Tamatekapua and Hoturoa who the commanders of the Arawa and Tainui canoes when Tamatekapua was injured.

Rangi (as the locals call her) is the youngest of Aucklands volcanoes but is the largest out of the 48 in total. Estimated to be around 600 years old when Maori’s at the time witnessed the eruption from where they were living on Motutapu Island. The eruption which first began below water level continued over several months until the island slowly became visible in the Hauraki Gulf. They continued for about 12 months.

During the early 1900s the north-eastern coast of the island was used as a graveyard for old sailing ships and their timber was later used to built bachs ( a type of cabin) around the coast. These days, these bachs are no longer allowed.

After being born in Auckland and living there a good chunk of my life, I had never been to Rangitoto Island until my last visit back home. Amazing, especially since it takes little time to get there by boat from downtown Auckland.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2006 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Rangitoto Island: Apr 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2006 at 9:09 PM

    Nice page, keewee! :-) I spent yesterday morning climbing Rangitoto. The views from the summit are amazing!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 6:01 AM

    This looks like a nice day out when you are in Auckland.

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 9:02 AM

    Quite a tongue twister this - Pohutukawa Forest at the Rangitoto Island ... beautilful place though :) The tractor ride sounds like fun.

  • chiara76's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 5:42 AM

    Hello there, nice page. Great photos. I like them. Greetings from Poland.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2005 at 3:25 AM

    Nice page Kay ;-D

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2004 at 9:34 PM

    What I beautiful island :-) Looks like the perfect place to chill out :-)) Thanks for sharing - and cheers to the other side of the planet

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2004 at 5:53 AM

    Really wonderful island, interesting to learn that America’s Cup is taking place here. Thaks for your kind comment on my Kornati page!

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  • TomorrowsAngel's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2003 at 10:35 AM

    Great page. Seems there are heaps of 'more than meets the eye' places in Godzone. I'll be sure to visit Rangitoto (lol not the pub with the same name) when I'm back. Cheers, Bec :-)

  • jide08's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2003 at 5:01 AM

    Nice photos. The climb seems to be a great thing to do.


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