Rangitoto shoreline, looking back towards Auckland. © Georgie Sharp

Rangitoto Island walks under one hour

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Catching the ferry and walking on beautiful Rangitoto Island is an absolute Auckland must-do.

Take a short walk around Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve if you have already done, or don’t have time for the summit walk; all of these short walks originate from Rangitoto Wharf. Stroll through a kōwhai grove or glen of kidney ferns, or walk along the coast to a gull breeding colony. But make sure you leave time to complete your walk and catch the ferry! 

Kōwhai Grove

How long does it take? This is a 45-minute return walk.

This short walk leads to a small kōwhai grove, especially attractive in spring when the trees are flowering.

Kidney Fern Glen

How long does it take? This is a 45-minute return walk.

A track branching off the Summit Track leads through a glen of delicate, translucent kidney ferns, at their best after rain.

Flax Point and historic baches

How long does it take? This is a one-hour return walk. 

A coastal walk to a black back gull breeding colony on Flax Point. The first section of track passes by some of the remaining historic baches on the island.

Know before you go:

  • Bring water with you – there are no supplies of drinking water on the island.
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots are essential to cope with the island's rugged lava surfaces.
  • Bring a sunhat and sunscreen – heat rays reflecting off the lava can be intense. 

Getting there

Take a public passenger ferry or charter from downtown Auckland – for more information click here. 

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