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“A brilliant day out”
Review of Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island
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Auckland Harbour Sightseeing Cruise with Round-Trip Devonport Ferry Ticket
Ranked #6 of 264 things to do in Auckland
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Owner description: This volcanic island, which last erupted 600 years ago, offers bird-watching, swimming, fishing, walking trails, colorful flora and spectacular views from the summit of its cone-shaped mountain.
Auckland
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“A brilliant day out”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Try and go on a still, calm and sunny day. Auckland does have quite a few of these! Reasonable fitness is required. Children love the the lava caves and the thrill of helping the older generation!!
We climbed straight up the face of Rangitoto and were amazed at the regrowth of the flora. Hadn't been on Rangitoto for probably 20 years.
Lunch on the top was magic. Don't forget a packed lunch and something to drink.
We had caught the 10am ferry over and planned on returning to Auckland on the 3pm one. We took a longer route back to the ferry and walked through acres of scoria fields.
Worth the effort.

Visited April 2014
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Coopers Beach, New Zealand
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“A Volcanic Island”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

A thirty minute ferry trip from Auckland City and you arrive at Rangitoto Island. The climb to the viewing points at the top of the island provides fantastic views over the Hauraki Gulf but you need
to be reasonably fit as the climb up to the summit is quite steep. The other option is to take the volcanic explorer. Bring plenty of food and drink and enjoy the wonderful island.

Visited February 2014
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Cairns, Australia
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“Loooooooved it!”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

It's a volcano and you can climb it! Experienced hikers will not find this difficult. The trail could be a little better marked. Although we did go from a lesser used pier as there was unusual wind that day. If you're not sure, like I wasn't, then follow the crowd. The terrain never lets you forget that you are climbing a volcano because of the black jagged rocks on nearly the entire path. Visiting the lava tubes is an absolute must. The signs point you to one set of tubes that you can walk through very comfortably, but there are more tubes in the area! They require getting down and dirty though as you'll have to crouch or even crawl through them. Not recommended for anyone who is hesitant. The darkness and uneven, low ceilings makes it easy to hit your head. Finally the crater on top makes you know for certainty if you ever had any doubt that you just climbed a volcano. It long cooled, so it's grown over with trees, but its still easy to recognize. Video of my trip in Auckland including Rangitoto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN-tYOtDRZU

Visited March 2014
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“Well worth the pain”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

My husband and i climbed to the top of the volcano,it was very strenuous but worth every step for the view and the great satisfaction of reaching the top,best to do in the summer snd honestly bring loads to eat and drink as its a gruelling climb and mostly up sets of steps and you get manic thirsty.loved it.

Visited December 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“An Auckland must see and do”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We took the morning ferry to Rangitoto. If you want to enjoy the island, be sure to take the 9:30 am ferry. We walked to the lava caves which were very cool. Be sure to bring either a flashlight or use a flashlight app on your phone. We then hiked to the top of the volcano. It helps if you are in reasonably good shape since you'll enjoy the hike a lot more. Proper walking shoes are a must.

The views are spectacular, not only at the top, but also on the path. Be sure to take the walk around the crater, as there are some beautiful views all around. There are also some WWII bunkers which were unexpected.

You will need to pack a lunch and lots of water since you can't buy anything on the island. You can enjoy your lunch at the top of the volcano. Very cool! It is a windy place though. Visiting Rangitoto is a must do when visiting Auckland.

Visited July 2014
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