rangitoto tours VOLCANIC EXPLORER TOUR


Combine your ferry trip to Rangitoto Island with a guided tour of the island on our 4WD road-train. Find out more about this unique volcano from our knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating commentary on the island's fiery past.

On your arrival at the island, you will pass under the hand carved waharoa (gateway) then make your way to the parked explorer tour vehicle where your ranger guide will greet you. Once on board, you'll journey through rugged lava crops and native bush, while our guide talks to you about the history and geology of the island. The tour will take you to the base of the summit where it's a short walk to the summit along a wooden boardwalk with steps to the very top.

After taking in the panoramic views, ride back for the return trip to the wharf in time to catch your ferry back to Auckland. 

 

Availability: Departs Auckland: Daily at 12.15pm  (12.25pm from Devonport). Weekends and Public Holidays at 9.15am and 12.15pm  (9.25am and 12.25pm from Devonport).
Time: At least 4 ½ hours including ferry travel.
Tour Price: Adult $65.00, Child $32.50, Family $163.00 (ferry fares are included).
Fitness: Easy. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, or people recovering from surgery.

 

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:

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.

 

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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Travel Alerts

Travel Alert: Half Moon Bay Low Tides

Please be advised that the following services will be operated by bus due to low tides:

 

Friday 26 May 2017

1.30pm Auckland – Half Moon Bay
2.15pm Half Moon Bay – Auckland

Sunday 28 May 2017

3.00pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.45pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland

Monday 29 May 2017

2.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
3.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
4.15pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.50pm Half Moon Bay - Auckland

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Waiheke Bus Company - Departure Time Changes

Following customer feedback on the new winter bus timetable we’ll now be introducing some further changes to improve connections with afternoon ferries.

From Monday 29 May 2017 the following journeys will change:

1650 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 2 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 4 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1750 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 5.45pm

1850 Route 1A from Matiatia will now depart at 6.45pm

  

For more information please contact the Auckland Transport Travel Information Line on 09 366 6400 or visit AT.govt.nz