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A short trail to the top of the youngest volcano in New Zealand.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

793' 242 m

High

4' 1 m

Low

802' 245 m

Up

45' 14 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Views

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy hiking up this volcano and exploring the lava rock left from the last eruption.

Rangitoto is a pest-free island. Be sure to check your bags and clean your gear and footwear before visiting the island.

Description

This short trail climbs from the wharf to the summit of Rangitoto where you'll enjoy stunning view of downtown Auckland, the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Motutapu Island, Waiheke Island, and the Hauraki Gulf.

The trail climbs gradually, first through scrubby plants and trees and large, black lava rock fields to progressively taller and more lush forests. Near the top, you'll pass the volcanic cone whose steep sides are now covered with trees. There is a large viewing platform at the top where you can take in the 360° views that are particularly stunning at sunrise or sunset.

The island is only accessible by water; check out the ferry schedule for more information on getting to Rangitoto.

Flora & Fauna

A large pohutukawa forest that is home to many birds such as the Tuī.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen McGlynn

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Watch your footing as you make your way to the summit through the volcanic basalt.
May 29, 2017 near Tamaki, NZ

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