Journey through rugged lava crop on board a 4WD road-train, while learning all about the 600-year-old volcano’s fiery past. You’ll arrive at the base of the summit, and from there it’s just a short climb to the very top for epic views.
Journey on a 4WD road train - Once you arrive on Rangitoto Island, pass under the hand-carved waharoa (gateway) and make your way to the road-train parked just alongside the wharf, where your ranger guide will greet you. Board the train, and enjoy the ride through the lava fields and native forest.
Final climb and scenic views - The tour vehicle will take you to the base of the summit cone, where there are approximately 300 boardwalk steps which lead you to the summit for amazing 360-degree views of Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. For your descent, the road-train travels the western side of the island and in time for the return ferry.
Historical commentary - Your knowledgeable guide will recount the island's unique history. Learn about the major eruption that formed the volcanic peak, and the human past – from Maori settlements to historic bach communities built in the 1930s.
Return ferry – The tour includes return ferry journey to Rangitoto Island from downtown Auckland.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for the walk to the summit. Please note there are approximately 300 boardwalk steps. The walking part of this tour may not be suitable for pregnant women, or people recovering from surgery.
Duration: At least 4.5 hours, including ferry travel
Availability: Tour operates daily, except for Christmas Day.
Departure time: Ferries to meet this tour departs Auckland at 12.15pm (departs Devonport 12.25pm) daily and 9.15am (departs Devonport 9.25am) on weekends/public holidays. The road-train tour commences approximately 5 minutes after arrival on Rangitoto Island.
TOUR + FERRY: Adult $70 Child $35 Family $189*
*Family is two adults and up to two children.
Please Remember - Sailings to and from Rangitoto Wharf are dependent on weather conditions and may have to sail in and out of Islington Bay Wharf. We recommend contacting us on 09 367 9111 or checking our travel notices online prior to departure.
Should you wish to spend more time on the island, please check the time of the last ferry at the start of your trip – a clock on the wharf will indicate the last departure.