"Just a young one" Rangitoto Island by 4streegrrl

Rangitoto Island Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 49 photos

The backup island

Rangitoto Island wasn't on my original list of places to see because of time constraints, but I ended up going after my Tiritiri Matangi trip was cancelled due to high winds. I'm glad it worked out because it's a cool place to visit. Only 600 years old, this island is one of the least modified volcanic cones in the Auckland volcanic field. It is now an extinct volcano and protected and managed by the Department of Conservation, so you have nothing to worry about while spending a day here. :) Only a 30 minute ferry ride from Auckland harbour, a trip to Rangitoto Island makes for a great half or full-day trip for picnicking, hiking, plant "watching", bird watching, lava field-viewing, and viewing the old 'baches' built in the 1930's.

Herbs and shrubs and trees and mosses, oh my!

Since the island erupted from the sea, it has been colonized by more than 200 species of native plants. Many of the plant species here are unusual in that they are typically found growing outside of their normal habitats. For example, sub-alpine moss species are found growing at sea level on Rangitoto Island, and plant species that typically grow in tree canopies are found growing at ground-level here. You'll also find one of New Zealand's largest red-flowering Pohutukawa forest on the island.

Hours of aimless wandering

Rangitoto Island has many kilometers of trails and roads to follow. You can head up to the summit, or wander the circuit of the island along the sea and admire Auckland off in the distance.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Hiking, lava caves to explore, bird-watching and more
  • Cons:No water, food or other services - bring enough to be self-sufficient
  • In a nutshell:Interesting geology, nature and history only 30 minutes from the city
  • Last visit to Rangitoto Island: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2006
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  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    Glad you go to go there for a visit...it sounds like a nice island! :)

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