FT6: Rangitoto Island – FULL

FT6: Rangitoto Island – FULL

Rangitoto Island is a basalt shield volcano and one of Auckland’s more iconic landscape features. Standing like a bastion in the Waitemata harbour, Rangitoto last erupted some ~600 years ago after Auckland was settled by Maori, and is therefore the youngest volcano in the Auckland Volcanic Field. The tour will meet at the Downtown Ferry Terminal at Queens Wharf and take a ferry to Rangitoto Island. A walk up to the summit offers exposures of basalt lava flows and scoria. The summit provides an overlook of the crater as well as magnificent views of the neighbouring islands and Auckland City. Following the descent back to the jetty, the tour ends with a ferry ride back to the starting point at the Downtown Ferry Terminal.

START: Tuesday 2 April 2019, 9:00 am at Auckland downtown ferry terminal for 9:15 am sailing.

END: Tuesday 2 April 2019, 3:30 pm sailing from Rangitoto Island to Auckland arriving at the Auckland downtown ferry terminal at approximately 4:00 pm.



Meet at the Auckland downtown ferry terminal at 9:00 am for the 9:15 am sailing to Rangitoto Island. The ferry takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the island. Take the walking track up to the summit. Following time at the summit, participants are free to take alternative walking tracks back down to the ferry jetty to meet the 3:30 pm ferry back to the downtown ferry terminal in Auckland, arriving approximately 4:00 pm in Auckland.

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9am - 5pm


Auckland, NZ


NZ $45


  • Ferry fees between downtown Auckland and Rangitoto Island and return



Associate Professor Jan Lindsay, The University of Auckland