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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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11/12/2016
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Travel Alerts

Tiritiri Matangi Cancellation 11/12/16

Tiritiri Matangi Cancellation 11/12/16

We are sorry to inform that due to weather conditions, there is a cancellation of the Tiritiri Matangi sailing for the 11th of December, 2016


Waiheke Island Customer Update 8/12/16

While we’re still working diligently to get the situation sorted, I want to give you a quick update on our progress towards improvements on the Waiheke Island service.

Luckily, the maintenance on Quickcat this week has gone according to plan. She’ll undergo sea trials at 8.00 am tomorrow (9 December), and will be back in service immediately upon passing her survey inspection – potentially as early as tomorrow morning.

However, Superflyte’s engine failure means she remains out of service. We’re aggressively continuing our investigation into the suitability of the replacement engine we located in Europe.  We hope to have more clarification tomorrow, and will keep you updated.

This morning, I travelled to Waiheke Island and had a productive meeting with the Tourism Forum and spoke with various other business owners. I actively listened to their concerns, and in turn, explained in more detail the complexities of the situation we’re currently facing. All of us at Fullers appreciate the severity of the situation, and how it’s affecting Waiheke residents, businesses and tourists.

Beyond maintenance efforts to ensure the safety of Quickcat and Superflyte, the team have been actively pursuing other solutions to manage the influx of passengers to Waiheke. We’re hours away from commissioning our newest vessel, Korora, who will be put into service imminently. Further, we’re exploring options for chartering vessels from other sources, both offshore and within New Zealand.

Please be assured that we’re pulling out all the stops to rectify the situation as soon as possible. We’ll continue to keep you posted, and share news as soon as we have it. Thank you again for your patience.

Douglas Hudson

CEO – Fullers Group Ltd


Northcote Point Wharf Closed - Sunday 11 December 2016

We regret to advise that Northcote Point Wharf is closed due to the adverse weather conditions. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Rangitoto Ferry 11.12.16

Due to adverse weather condition the Rangitoto Ferry will be operating in & out of Islington Bay today.

Furthermore the 10:30 a.m. sailing out of Auckland is cancelled.

We apologise for the inconvenience.