Our guided walk on Rangitoto Island in Auckland lets you explore an island that emerged from the sea just 600 years ago which makes Rangitoto Island the youngest volcano in New Zealand. As an Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history and it’s long been a favourite day trip for walkers. The island is now a safe pest-free haven for precious native flora and fauna to survive and thrive.
Guided walk on Rangitoto Island, Auckland NZ
Our guided walk on Rangitoto Island, Auckland lets you explore an island that emerged from the sea just 600 years ago which makes Rangitoto Island the youngest volcano in New Zealand. As an Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history and it’s long been a favourite day trip for walkers. The island is now a safe pest-free haven for precious native flora and fauna to survive and thrive.
A guided walk with Auckland Sea Kayaks gets you of the main tourist route and gives you local interpretation on the flora, fauna and history of the island.
Our guided hike walks through the world’s largest pohutukawa forest. The peak is 259 meters above sea level, so you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.
On this tour you take the ferry with your local guide from Auckland Ferry Terminal, central Auckland which is a 25 minutes ferry ride across the harbor to Rangitoto island. Depending on the group your guide will design the best adventure on the island to maxisse your visit.
The restoration of Rangitoto protects the world’s largest pōhutukawa forest. The islands provide a 3,800 hectare environment that supports New Zealand’s most loved wildlife.
Following forest regeneration, native species previously not seen on the islands began to arrive on their own. These included kākāriki, bellbird as well as the cheeky kākā. Tūī numbers soared. Many other bird species now inhabit Rangitoto forest including fantail, grey warbler, silvereye and morepork (New Zealand’s only surviving native owl).
Other native animals unable to reach the islands on their own have been transferred, including saddleback and whitehead.
Today, as you climb through the forest, you are likely to hear the canary-like twitter of whitehead, the lively chatter of kākāriki, and the melodious call of saddleback. Once you reach the summit you might hear the distinctive “skraak” of the kākā, a large native parrot and strong flier that visits from the outer islands.
Rangitoto’s lava rock seems an inhospitable environment for plant life. Yet the island hosts more than 200 species of native trees and flowering plants; more than 40 kinds of fern; several species of orchid, and the largest pōhutukawa forest in the world. Many plants form unusual hybrids or adopt strange behaviours because of the lack of soil, and scorching hot conditions.
A stunning location for exploration and Auckland Sea Kayaks makes this all possible.
To keep these islands pest free. See what you need to do before joining Auckland Sea Kayaks on our trip please go to www.treasureislands.co.nz
Check your gear and help keep our islands pest-free.
• Lunch and snacks
• Water bottle
• Comfortable clothing to hike in
• Sun glasses
• Soft shoes or sandals for hiking
• Warm top
Below is a small selection of reviews specific to our Sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto. To see more click here.
We were rewarded with a fantastic view after our hike to the top and learned a great deal about the island. Reviewed October 2018
The best part of the tour was the guides (Nic and Mo) who made the experience what it was. They were very knowledgeable providing details on the plants, birds and history of the area and were very friendly making sure nobody in the tour was left out. The view over Auckland city was absolutely spectacular, would definitely recommend this tour to anyone! Reviewed by Alex February 2018