Walk to Rangitoto Shipwrecks
Visit the graveyard for unwanted vessels – Rangitoto’s Wreck Bay. At least 13 ships were abandoned here between 1887 and 1947 when the easiest way to dispose of obsolete vessels was to drive them ashore to deteriorate. Known as the Rangitoto hulks, some large pieces of wreckage remain today as an important heritage site. To see for yourself at low tide, follow Islington Bay Road over lava fields to the Boulder Bay Track – about one hour one way.
Explore the Rangitoto Lava Caves
200 metres from the top of Rangitoto is the best detour on your way to the Summit – lava caves! Bring a torch to navigate the twisting tunnel hollowed out from flowing lava. From the Summit Track, follow the signposted Lava Caves Track for 15 minutes. The walk from the Rangitoto Wharf to the lava caves to the summit will take approximately 1.75 hours one way.
Bach Life: A Glimpse into Kiwi Can-do Culture of the Past
Rangitoto Island was once home to three significant bach communities, built in the Depression era using scarce resources. In 1937, there were 140 baches on the island, but order to stop further building and strict resale rules resulted in many of them being demolished. Visit the fully restored Bach 38 Museum, and stroll around the surrounding community for a glimpse into the past.
4WD Adventure to Rangitoto’s Best Vista Point
What’s the most unique way to summit a 600-year-old volcano? A ride on a rugged 4WD road-train, able to traverse the lava terrain! Journey through the volcanic landscape as the train climbs nearly 260 metres to the top. You’ll arrive at the base of the summit cone, where 300 boardwalk steps will lead you to the very top. Take in the sweeping views from the platforms at the summit before returning to the wharf.