Rangitoto at dawn

Image: Chris Gin | Creative Commons


Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. An Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history, it's long been a favourite day trip for walkers, and a much loved boating destination.


Place overview


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  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • No dogs allowed

    To protect our native widlife, dogs are not allowed anywhere in this place.

  • Check you are pest-free

    Check, clean, and seal your gear to ensure you don't bring pests, soil, and seeds.

    See island biosecurity requirements.

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Find things to do and places to stay Rangitoto Island

About this place

Getting there

Rangitoto Island is in the Hauraki Gulf close to Auckland city.

There are two wharves – Rangitoto Wharf, serviced by public ferries; and Islington Bay Wharf, a popular anchorage for private boats. Private boats may use the wharves for loading and unloading passengers only.

You can take a public passenger ferry or charter.

Rangitoto is also accessible to experienced kayakers. It takes approximately two hours to kayak to Rangitoto Wharf from the Auckland's North Shore.

Know before you go

  • Bring your own food and water. There are no shops 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.

Wasp presence increases over the warmer months. If you have an allergy to wasp stings make sure you have appropriate medications to deal with any reactions.

Take care not to miss your ferry. There is no overnight accommodation and alternative transport back to the mainland is expensive.

Dogs and fires (including barbeques) are also prohibited to the low tide mark.

No bicycles. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.

Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Activities such as weddings and other events may require a permit.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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