Overview

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.

Discover Rangitoto Island

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