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Volcanic Landscape


Rangitoto Island sits majestically just off the Auckland coast, a short 25 minute cruise from downtown Auckland. Visible from Mission Bay to Cheltenham Beach, this 600 year old volcano boasts a unique landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Walk to the top for spectacular 360 degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf islands, or hop on board our Volcanic Explorer road train tour for a guided island experience.

Māori know Rangitoto Island as ‘Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua’ – the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed, in reference to a major eruption that formed the volcanic peak, as well as a battle that occurred between warring tribes fought on the Island. Walking to the summit takes about an hour at an easy pace. Lookouts along the way provide some stunning views as you climb, and you can do a detour to explore the lava caves. Other tracks that skirt the coastline are sign posted from the wharf and vary in length and difficulty, so plan your visit in advance and make sure you leave enough time to return to the ferry wharf.

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Ferries depart regularly throughout the day.

Use our Journey Planner above to see when the next available ferry is. 

Journey time approx. 25 minutes from downtown Auckland.

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HOW MUCH TIME YOU NEED FOR YOUR WHOLE TRIP?

At least 4 to 5 hours.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Change of clothes, swimming gear and a towel.
  • Plenty of water, snacks and lunch.
  • A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
  • A torch may also be useful if you wish to explore the lava caves.
  • Rangitoto has no shops, so the last opportunity to buy food or drink is on the ferry.
  • There are no rubbish bins on pest-free islands. If you bring food, please remember to take it off the island with you.

 

IMPORTANT BIOSECURITY INFORMATION

This island is pest-free and provides a sanctuary for our native wildlife. Please help to ensure the island stays pest-free.  Our vessels are licensed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system on all our vessels which meet the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf.

What you need to do to prepare for your trip to pest-free Rangitoto Island:

  • Please check your bags for stowaways such as: mice, rats, Argentine Ants and Rainbow Skinks to name a few.
  • Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds.
  • Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container e.g. hard plastic.
  • No open bags or boxes will be allowed on-board. Everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER...

From time to time, adverse weather conditions require us to sail into Islington Bay Wharf instead of Rangitoto Wharf. This means there are some changes to your walking time on the island.

It may take up to an extra hour to walk to and from the summit from Islington Bay, and the track is shared by vehicles including our 4WD road train. We recommend you plan your walk accordingly and note the time of the last ferry off the island.

If you are unsure of which wharf we will be sailing to, please call our customer service team on 09 367 9111 on the morning of your departure.

DON’T GET STRANDED!

Please check the time of the last ferry at the start of your trip – a clock on the wharf will indicate the last departure.

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31/08/2016
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Travel Alerts

Downtown Pier 2C Update

Please find below an update from Auckland Transport (AT) regarding the downtown Pier 2C closure:

Further to the removal of the gangway from Pier 2C in late May, design and manufacture of replacement parts are now underway, and we expect installation to be completed by the beginning of summer.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience whilst we improve your facility.
For more information, visit AT.govt.nz or phone 09 366 6400


Customer Announcement - Superflyte on survey

From today, Superflyte is out of operation while she undergoes her annual survey. We anticipate Superflyte to be back on the Waiheke run by the end of September. Until then, the morning services are expected to be:

0605 - Adventurer

0640 - Te Kotuku

0710 - Quickcat

0735 - Starflyte

0800 - Te Kotuku

 

In addition, we expect our afternoon services to be:

1600 - Quickcat

1630 - Starflyte

1700 - Te Kotuku

1730 - Quickcat

1800 - Starflyte

1830 - Te Kotuku

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your understanding. For up-to-date travel alerts and service information, download the new MyFerry App. available from the App Store and Google Play.

 

Thanks,

The Fullers Team