2 Hours (return) 7 km


  • Lava caves and crater
  • Panoramic views over Auckland
  • Swimming spots



This hike travels over scoria, on a hot day heat reflecting off the ground can be intense.

Travel to the dormant volcano island just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Climb to the summit and experience panoramic views.

Dominating the Hauraki Gulf with its conical peak, Rangitoto Island is an Auckland icon. It is the youngest and largest of Auckland's volcanic cones.

 This popular summit walk begins at Rangitoto Wharf and climbs through lava fields and the world's largest pohutukawa forest to the island’s peak at 259m above sea level. At the summit you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of New Zealand's largest city and surrounding Hauraki Gulf islands.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

Rangitoto Summit Track(opens in new window)

Rangitoto Island, Auckland

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Alternative Routes

Lava Caves Track

  • On your way back from the summit take a detour to discover the volcano's fascinating lava caves (remember to bring a torch).

Wilson Park Track

  • Turn off before the Lava Caves Track for an alternative route to the summit.

Getting there

  • Regular 25-minute ferries leave for Rangitoto from downtown Auckland daily.

Need to know

  • There is no access to drinking water on the island, bring your own supply with you.
  • Bring sturdy shoes as the ground can be uneven and rugged in parts.

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