View of Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.
Check for stowaways before you visit.
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. It is famed world-wide as a botanical gem.
The Department of Conservation's future management of the island as a public reserve will be guided by a Conservation Management Plan (the Tāmaki Makaurau motu plan) that will be jointly approved by Ngā Mana Whenua and the Auckland Conservation Board.
View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).
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 stowaway pests. They are all a threat to protected wildlife.
10 December 2014Pest-free Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf not only boasts a new, state of the art wharf, but also a waharoa – a customary gateway.
The Rangitoto and Motutapu islands restoration project aimed to remove animal pests from the islands. Rangitoto and Motutapu were officially declared pest free on 27 August 2011.
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)
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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