Rangitoto Summit Track

Rangitoto Summit Track

Rangitoto Island

Reviews

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Raphaele

Ranking: 10/10

Best thing to do in Auckland, impressive landscape and great views. I'd recommend taking the coastal walkway and make your way back via summit road, lava caves and the summit (in that order) to avoid most of the crowds.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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C J B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Auckland best stop, walk suitable for most.
Toilets at base, 50min direct walk to top, but plenty places to stop: rock outcrops, lava caves, infographics to learn how plants came to be on a volcano without soil. Summit itself looks out to Coromandel, Waiheke and the City. Explore the secrets of the crater during the World wars. We encountered the protected saddleback bird. Incredible.

For saving money in the city: Total cost ~$55
We camped at Panmure wharf reserve, a free for all vehicle site not listed with Rankers. Toilets 24/7. Booking for the 7:30 early bird Ferry, we scored at $23pp. A 6am wake up was more than enough time to organise picnic food (you'll need it) and get to downtown parking, a 1 min walk to terminal with a saturday cost of $10 for the 7.5 hours used.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Andreas Zedelius

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

DOC walk around the island was really great, lava caves were impressive.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Alex Hah

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

We took the early morning ferry to Rangitoto Island, which was good to avoid some of the crowds later in the day. Track goes mainly through bush, with a great view at the top.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ian Hammond

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk to the summit and around the base. Best views and beautiful.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Patricia Trigo

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Very easy walk. An amazing landscape, where you could also see lava caves! During the sailing you could see the skyline of Auckland.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Leonie Brabers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

We did the summit walk uphill. It was a nice climb with gorgeous views on surrounding islands.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Soeren Buchheister

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Volcanic Island you can visit by taking a boat. See the skyline of Auckland and do the two hour walk to the summit of the volcano.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Marc Perales

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Really great walk (2 hours), up a volcano. Really amazing lava caves.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Mikael Thyselius

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Rather pricey ferry but no guide needed. Amazing view of Auckland. Not too hard to walk up, allow a few hours.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Erika Tarant

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views, both on the way up and along the way. I loved it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Leonie

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely hike to the top of the island. Reward is an amazing view - 360 degree including Auckland.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Thomas Le Buzulier

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice track.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Marina R

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was a nice trip with a wonderful view. You can see Auckland clearly.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alexes D

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was a really nice trip. We had a beautiful view from the mountain.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jenny Young

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Steep climb all the way to the top with lovely loookouts on the way and stunning views at the top! Great walk, especially for people who have not seen volcanic rocks before. Easy walk down.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Livia and Dave

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk with superb views.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Timon Streicher

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice scenery, $30 for ferry there and return. Toilets and facilities nearly everywhere.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lauren Dinnage

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

45 minute walk to the top of Rangitoto. 360 degree view. Spectacular! Beautiful views at the top, huge lava fields. And you have to explore the lava caves - so much fun. A great day trip.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Calum Penn

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic walk up and down. Path could have been repaired in certain places and lots of wasps early February. Beautiful views and impressive pest control programme.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Marine Lavie

France

Ranking: 6/10

It is an easy track, you go up around 200m, the duration is three hours. It is a beautiful view to Auckland and some islands around!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Adam Taylor

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Fantastic hike to the summit, walking through lush bush and an alien like terrain lava fields. You can also explore caves and hike to deserted beaches.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jonas

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Great view of the skyline of Auckland.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Robin Stamm

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

The island was very nice. It was one of my first trips here. The best thing was that there were only a few people. It was nice to leave the city life for a little bit.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Gerrit

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You should definitely visit if you are a longer time in Auckland.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rikke Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

After the walk to the top it is nice to relax at the bottom and put the feet in the pool and cool them off.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Klaus Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Nice track, hard for my 5 year old daughter, but the view at the top is a great reward.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jessie Sabine

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Enjoyable walk, feel like you have accomplished something.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Serena Poggioli

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and beautiful.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jonas Nielsen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Nice track, with rewarding views of Auckland and the bays.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Roy Matthieu

France

Ranking: 8/10

A nice loop track around the Island. You can also walk until the summit where a lookout is waiting for you. Enjoy the 360 degree view of Motutapu Island, Auckland Bay and many other islands.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jackie and Brian

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Early weekend ferry (so cheaper at 0730 $18) got to summit and walked rim before too hot, went to Motutapu Island to see the difference. Lava caves and coastal track back for 4.15 ferry. Rough lava for walking on and coastal regeneration. Good views of Auckland.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Carly Braddock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

An easy and pleasant hike with fabulous views over the water to Auckland, can just about get away without a torch in the lava caves. Limited facilities.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Clare Cade

England

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk through bush and great views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Stefan Roehrbein

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Volcanic island, very beautiful, interesting landscape.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Elizabeth Gardner

England

Ranking: 10/10

Good half day walk, plus trip to caves on island worthwhile.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Alison Rosser

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Short climb to top of extinct volcano. Stunning views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Louis Smit

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good, real forest, beautiful lookouts.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Owen Chesbrough

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great views and scenery.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Cick Pouw

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good half day trip when in Auckland. Must do if you have time.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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R & M Willows

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Jo Meekley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very good day walk with infomative boards along the route. Great view of Auckland/Bay of Islands from the crater.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Richard Bennink

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice Island to visit form Auckland. Impressive views over Auckland.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Dogoneit

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A great day out but it is a hot walk in mid summer, so bring plenty of water and wear a hat. Excellent views and really different from a normal walk as it's a volcano with lots of volcanic rock. You can do as much or as little walking as you want, we did about 4 hours actual walking. It's also great for families and the kids we saw there seemed to be having a lot of fun. The trip over and the in the boat made the day even better. A definite "to do" when you visit Auckland.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Carolin

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great at Christmas time! Very hot if sun is out. Amazing view all over Auckland.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jeroen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Good service, clear routes, could the back museum be open more often?

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk and funny for the kids

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mr and Mrs Scott

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Husband has been here before, but i unfortunately missed it this time around. His comments are pretty much like this...

Great place, fantastic harbour views, relaxing 4 - 5 hr walk right around!

Intersting fact: Rangitoto Island was used in the movie 'Under the Mountain'

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Pierre Pilon

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Volcanic island with fields of lava rock, rejuvenated flora & fauna, great lookout. Easy access by ferry from Auckland.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nick

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Steep at times, and lots of other walkers but fantastic views make it all worthwhile.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Katy1

England

Ranking: 8/10

Ferry to the island is well run and cheap. Good sign posts and estimated times - good all round.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Kaye

England

Ranking: 9/10

Long walk up to rim of craters. Worth the walk for view.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in April 2009