Overview

After a steady uphill climb through lava fields, enjoy panoramic Gulf views from the peak - one of the best vista points in Auckland.

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Summit walk

  • The Summit Track is the most popular of the walks on Rangitoto Island.
  • Beginning at Rangitoto Wharf, the track climbs through lava fields and the world’s largest pohutukawa forest up to the summit peak.
  • Standing 259 metres above sea level, the summit offers panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland. 

Lava caves track detour

  • A 15-minute diversion (one-way) from the Summit Track leads to lava tunnels and caves that you can explore with a torch.
  • Follow the sign-posted track to the caves, and return the same way.
  • The detour will add roughly 45 minutes to your return journey, and can be completed either on your way to the top or on your return to the ferry.
  • Walking times are based on an average to slow pace, and will vary with different levels of fitness. Ensure you have plenty of time to complete your walk and return to the wharf to catch your ferry.
  • For more walks and details, visit DOC’s Rangitoto Island Summit Walks page here

Time

Time: 1hr one way from Rangitoto Wharf
Distance 3.1 km
Difficulty: Moderate

Know before you go

  • Bring water and snacks with you. There are no cafés or supplies of drinking water on the island.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes that can cope with the rugged lava surfaces.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat. The heat reflecting off the ground can be intense.
  • Bring a jacket and layers, as weather can change quickly.
  • Bring a torch if you’d like to explore the lava caves.

This is a pest-free island - read more before you visit here.

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