Rangitoto is just a two-hour kayak from the city. © DOC Creative Commons

Rangitoto Island summit walks

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Walk straight to the summit of Ngā Pona-toru-a-Peretu Scenic Reserve, or take one of the alternative routes and enjoy the exceptional views of Auckland spread out before you from the top. 

Make sure you leave enough time to complete your walk and catch the ferry

Summit Track

How long will it take? This is a one-hour one-way walk from Rangitoto Wharf.

The shortest and most popular route to the summit begins at Rangitoto Wharf and climbs through lava fields and forest to the peak at 259m above sea level. The summit gives panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. At the summit another track circles the rim of the crater.

Lava Caves Track

How long will it take? 15 minutes one-way from Summit Track; one-hour one-way from Rangitoto Wharf; one hour 45 minutes one-way from Rangitoto Wharf to lava caves to the summit.

This short diversion off the Summit Track leads to lava tunnels and caves. If you want to explore the tunnels and caves, bring a torch. Return to the Summit Track or Summit Road via the signposted track. 

Wilson Park Track

How long will it take? One hour 45 minutes from Rangitoto Wharf; 45 minutes from Summit Track turnoff to the summit.

This alternative route to the summit branches off the Summit Track before the Lava Caves Track turnoff. Sections of this track are over broken lava fields and the footing is rough and uneven. Good footwear is essential.   

View from Rangitoto Summit

View from Rangitoto Summit. © Emma Creative Commons

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