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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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28/06/2017
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Travel Alerts

Beach Haven/Hobsonville service update for June 28th 2017

Please be advised the 1715 and 1815 AKL - BH - HOB- BH - AKL services for June 28th 2017 will be delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to a vessel breakdown.

Kind Regards,

360 Team 


Waiheke Bus Alert: Bus Stop Closure

Please be advised that due to roadworks the bus stop “Ostend Waiheke Bus Company Depot” (#1509) will be closed on the following dates:

 

Stage 1: Monday 26th June – Thursday 6th July.

Stage 2: Monday 10th July – Monday 17th July.

 

Any questions please call the Waiheke Bus Depot on (09) 372 8823.


Gulf Harbour service temporary bus stop:

The normal bus stop at pier 1 / Cloud is now closed until 8th July due to the Lions rugby fan Zone.

The temporary bus stop is the same as the one used during the World Masters Games. Buses will depart Auckland from the bus stop at 152 Quay St, westbound (outside the ICBC building directly opposite The Cloud). Buses will depart Gulf Harbour from Pier Z carpark.

Please note, the buses will only arrive a couple of minutes prior to departure due to congestion issues.

Regards,

360 Discovery Team


360 Discovery survey period

From now until mid-October our vessels will enter their winter survey period. This is where all of our vessels undergo inspection and we carry out any necessary repairs - you may have noticed that D7 was removed from service at the beginning of the week. We’ll be taking one vessel out of service at a time, and D6 will cover the majority of our vessels when this happens.

Whilst D7 is on survey, Discovery 3 will replace her, we do anticipate that the 16:45 AKL-Gulf Harbour service to operate close to capacity. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to travel on D6 and Takahe on the 17:15 and 17:45 AKL-GH services

We’ll be closely monitoring passenger numbers and the capacity of each vessel during this time, and we’ll keep you updated when we can.

Kind Regards,

Jimbo

James Bailey - 360 Manager 


Travel Alert – Extra Services, Lions Tour

Please be advised that the following services will operate in addition to our normal timetable during the Lions Tour:

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Auckland to Birkenhead/Northcote Point
11.10pm

Auckland to Bayswater
11.00pm

Auckland to Half Moon Bay
11.10pm

Saturday 24 June 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm

Saturday 8 July 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm


Waiheke Bus Alert - Update on Moa Rd Diversion

Please be advised that Moa Ave will be closed in sections for roadworks over the next 3-6 weeks, between 6.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

The following diversion will be in place at all times due to the road not being suitable for our buses until roadworks are completed:

The top of Moa Ave between Oceanview Road - Manuka will be closed initially, which will cause our buses on route 1, 1a and 3 to make a slight diversion during these roadworks and they'll miss the two bus tops at the top of Moa Ave.

Please contact the Waiheke Bus Company on (09) 376 9111 for more information.