View of Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.
Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. Read more about Treasure Islands.
Rangitoto is the largest, youngest and one of the least modified of about 50 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field. It erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions around 600 years ago, and is now extinct. It dominates the local seascape and a visit there is like stepping into another world. The island is a public reserve managed by the Department of Conservation and is famed world-wide as a botanical gem.
The volcanic Rangitoto Island features 200 species of native plants, including 40 fern species. The island's pohutukawa forest is the largest in the country.
Take a walk to the Rangitoto’s summit or meander along the many coastal and forest walk available. Considered one of the world’s botanical gems, it’s a great place to view unusual plants.
There is no accommodation on Rangitoto, but neighbouring Motutapu has a basic campsite and an outdoor education centre and lodge.
Please do not bring dogs or other animals onto Motutapu and if you arrive by boat check for rodent stowaways. They are all a threat to protected wildlife.
Find out more about the pest-free warrant recommended for commercial vessels and concessionaires visiting pest-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
DOC has embarked on an ambitious project to breathe life back into Rangitoto and Motutapu islands, creating a nature sanctuary right on Auckland’s front door step.
The aim of the trust is to conserve and interpret the historic bach communities on Rangitoto Island for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve.
Rangitoto Island map (PDF,180 K)
Stop the spread of didymoCheck, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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