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 9.15am and 12.15pm  (9.25am and 12.25pm from Devonport).
Time: At least 4 ½ hours including ferry travel.
Tour Price: Adult $68.00, Child $34.00, Family $184.00 (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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Customer Update - Labour Weekend Travel

Labour Weekend is one of our busiest weekends in the lead up to summer. If you're planning on travelling to/from our island destinations, especially Waiheke, we recommend you plan ahead and arrive for your preferred sailing at least 40 minutes prior to departure.

We've put together some helpful tips to help make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible - these can be found on our website. 


Changes to Ferry Terminal Departure Points, starting 9 October 2017

Due to repairs needed to be made to the seawall below the Downtown Ferry Terminal, Pier 1A will be closed while work’s are carried out. It’s expected the repairs will take up to 6 - 10 weeks to complete and during this time, your usual ferry departure point may change:

The new departure points are listed below:

  • Pier 1B - Devonport and Stanley Bay (no change),
  • Pier 1C - Bayswater, Birkenhead and Half Moon Bay,
  • Pier 2B & 2C - Waiheke (no change),
  • Pier 2B - Half Moon Bay services departing at 4.15pm, 5.15pm and 5.45pm (all other Half Moon Bay services will remain at pier 1C),
  • there will be no change to the use of piers 3 and 4.

For more information, please visit at.govt.nz


FULLERS CUSTOMER UPDATE – FARE CHANGE 25.9.17

On 2 October 2017, some of our fares on our Waiheke Island, Devonport and Rangitoto services will be changing. You can read more about this here.

Please note: Passes and multi-trip ticket prices remain unchanged.