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From Auckland: Rangitoto Island Tour by 4WD Train

Product ID: 105628
Cross the Hauraki Gulf by ferry and get back to nature on Rangitoto Island. Take a guided tour by 4WD road-train and learn about the unique ecosystem of the volcanic island.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting time 12:00 AM
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  • Get panoramic views of Auckland from Rangitoto Island
  • Explore the largest volcano of the Auckland volcanic field by 4WD road-train
  • Cross the beautiful Hauraki Gulf by ferry
Full description
Catch the ferry to Rangitoto Island from downtown Auckland and take a guided tour through the rugged terrain by 4WD road-train on arrival. Learn more about the volcanic island and its fiery history as you listen to a fascinating commentary provided by the knowledgeable guides.

Pass under the hand-carved waharoa (gateway) to meet your ranger guide on landing, and then journey through amazing lava fields and native bush as your guide talks about the history and geology of the island. Arrive at the summit base, and then take a short hike to the top using the wooden boardwalk and steps.

Get panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the top of the island. Then, ride back to the harbor in time to catch your return ferry to Auckland. 

  • Return ferry from Auckland CBD or Devonport to Rangitoto Island
  • Guided tour of Rangitoto Island

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Meeting point

Downtown Ferry Terminal, Auckland.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 98 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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We enjoyed our day..the commentary was very interesting to hear..I do have to say that the ride is extremely bumpy..you had to hold on to the side rail at times..hard to take photos when bouncing along..There are a lot of lava fields, but some lovely views. We decided not to hike up all the way to the top - steeper than we want to do and there wasn't time for a very leisurely climb ..we went up about 75-80 steps and got some great photos..

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February 25, 2020

A short walk from the pier leads to the 4WD "train" which leaves promptly following the 9am ferry's arrival and returns about 30 minutes before the 12:45 ferry back to Auckland. The broadcasting system was very effective, so we could hear almost every comment and story offered by our knowledgeable guide, in spite of frequent bumps in the road. There is plenty of dust but that was a small price to pay. We passed many hikers and in less than three hours circled the perimeter of the island, learned about its history and ecology, and had a chance to walk up to the crater overlook.

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February 17, 2020

It was pretty cool going. We got to check out the Bach of one of the long-term inhabitants of the island. We were also taken right to the base of the summit and had sufficient time to explore it (and go along the crater rim trail). We couldn't always hear what Mark was saying because of the wind or static on the speaker, but he provided some interesting info.

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February 8, 2020

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Fullers Group

Product ID: 105628