Walking Distance: 15km (9.3 miles) over 6 hours including lunch and breaks

Fitness: Moderate

Starts: 8.45 am Ends: 4.15pm

2019/2020 Season: Departs every Friday from 1 December to 30 April

Price: Adult NZD$199 Child (10 – 17) NZD$99

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Experience a world of contrasts as you journey through Auckland’s largest, most diverse island sanctuaries – sacred places where you can explore the past, enjoy the present and support the future. Explore the volcanic sentinel of Peretū (Rangitoto Island) and learn about neighbouring Te Motutapu a Taikehu (Motutapu Island), the ancient home of the Ngāi Tai people.

This is a guided walk where your specialist kaiārahi (guide) will share their local knowledge and expertise, so you can feel a part of this stunning landscape. Our guide will meet you at the wharf before leaving Auckland for Rangitoto.

Rangitoto Guide

Highlights

  • Discover the beauty of Auckland’s Waitematā harbour, with a ferry to and from Rangitoto Island
  • Your kaiārahi (guide) will share traditional and local stories about the ancient landscapes of Te-Motutapu-a-Taikehu (Motutapu Island) and the alien lava-scapes of Peretū (Rangitoto Island)
  • Gain an insight into Ngāi Tai tikanga (customs) as you are welcomed and hosted in traditional Ngāi Tai fashion
  • Walk to the summit of Rangitoto and experience 360˚ panoramic views of greater Auckland
  • Wander through regenerating native forest where you may even spot the rare and endangered takahē and tieke while learning the importance of biosecurity
  • Enjoy expansive views of the Hauraki Gulf, secluded white sandy beaches and secret coves, relax on the beach or even jump in for a swim
  • See Auckland's youngest volcanic crater close up, walk through lava fields and explore underground lava caves
  • Learn about The lifestyle of New Zealand’s first Māori agricultural communities and the largest pastoral farm in Auckland

Winter Tours

Tailored packages are available now through to the start of the Summer season in December. Please enquire through the contact form for more information on dates and availability.

Important

Rangitoto and Motutapu are pest free to protect wildlife so it is important to check anything you take onto the island before you leave for the ferry.

Please check all your gear for rats, mice and ants (take extra care if you have Argentine ants where you live) - backpacks and camping equipment provide an ideal place for pests to hide. Clean your footwear and remove any soil and seeds. Pack any food into sealed containers to keep pests out.

To respect the environment of the islands please do not bring any supermarket bags.

Rangitoto Island is smoke free (including vaping) and has no rubbish facilities so you must carry all rubbish off the islands with you.