Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer Tour

Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer Tour

Imagine the thrill in standing on a dormant, giant volcano which last erupted 600 years ago. Rangitoto Island is a must do when in Auckland and a pleasant ferry journey on the 'City of Sails' harbour.

Board the city ferry for a 30 minute cruise across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island. Upon arrival an island Ranger will greet you, and guide you to the unique 4WD road-train needed to cross the crunchy black rock, rugged lava crops and native bush on the eastern side. The lava fields contain big, black rock everywhere. Whilst on board, your Ranger will talk to you about the geology of the island.

Travel through New Zealand's largest Pohutukawa forest to the base of the summit, where it's a 10-15 minute walk along a scenic boardwalk to the top. Take in the panoramic views and marvel at being surrounded by 42 other dormant volcano islands in the scenic harbour.

Rejoin the 4WD vehicle for trip through a unique fern glen, along the western side of the island to the wharf for the return cruise home.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Auckland to Auckland
Price: From (NZD) $75 per person
Duration: 1/2 Day
Tour Code: FURE


Return Ferry to Rangitoto Island
Two hour guided 4WD road train tour on Rangitoto Island

Tour Highlights

  • Refreshing ferry journey to Rangitoto Island
  • Fun 4WD vehicle to traverse the rugged landscape
  • Guided tour of the island on a 4WD road-train
  • Top views of the harbour and surrounding dormant volcanoes
  • Fern glen & pretty Pohutukawa Forest

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Pier 2, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay St, Downtown Auckland
  • Departure Time: 9.15am (Weekends & Public Holidays) and 12.15pm. (Daily All Year Round).
  • Duration: 4.5 hours including return ferry travel
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-15 years inclusive (0-5 years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • No shops are located on the island so it is advised that passengers take food and drink
  • Food and beverages can be purchased onboard the vessel
  • Although there is not a great deal of walking, it is a good idea to bring water, a snack/lunch, sun screen and a hat, as the island can get very hot
  • The 10-minute walk to the Summit includes stairs. The walk is optional as some passengers may choose to stay and enjoy the view from the base of the summit
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary
  • Maximum passengers is 48

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There are 27 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

This was a lovely tour. We got to see a lot of the island and with a short walk (warning- lots of stairs) we were able to see all around the island from the top. The lava fields were interesting to experience and our tour guide was funny and knowledgable. Great tour!
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Everything was smooth and easy to figure out. Thank you!
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Really enjoyed the boat trip and the 4 wheel drive around the island. The driver was most informative and had a very pleasant manner.
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The tour was great! The boat ride to the island was nice, the island was beautiful, the people were friendly, and the volcano tour was great. The tour guide on the island was nice and informative, but my only complaint is that you couldn't hear half of what he was saying. The PA system on the ride kept cutting in-and-out so I could only hear half of what he was saying. Besides that it was a good tour, and I'm glad I did it.
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A thoroughly enjoyable tour experienced on a beautiful sunny Autumn's day. The tour operator's talk as we explored the island was informative and interesting. I do recommend this day tour.
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A unique island that emerged from the sea about 600 years ago. It was a fascinating place with fields of lava and pohutukawa forests with lovely red flowers and the blue ocean in sight from time to time. Our driver gave an interesting commentary. I thought it was an exceptional experience.
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Loved it.
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Good tour, loved the scenic views! Guide was good too!
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This was a terrific little tour! The ferry trip to and from the island was a great way to see the beautiful scenery around Auckland harbour. A short walk took us to a little 'train', which then took us up the volcanic mountain, where most of our party could walk up a set of boardway style steps to the summit, to see a stunning view of all the bay & islands around Auckland. Brilliant trip!
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Having looked out on Rangitoto Island for the past nine years from where I live I decided it was time to actually visit it so chose to do your half day excursion which turned out to be a beautifully calm clear day so the views from the top of the 300 odd stepped though not too challenging boardwalk was a magnificent panoramic 'visual symphony' with the occasional viewing plarform enroute where one could 'catch one's breath' and take in the glimpses of the surroundings on the journey. The tractor train was an ideal means of transport for us (both 70 plus) especially too with our driver/guide who gave an informative and entertaining commentary on all aspects of Rangitoto - I have every confidence of recommending the adventure to all age groups!
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Tour Code: FURE
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