Rangitoto Island Coastal Track to Mackenzie Bay Loop

MODERATE 1 reviews

Rangitoto Island Coastal Track to Mackenzie Bay Loop is a 17.5 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and birding.

DISTANCE
17.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
298 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit of the volcano. The Coastal Track to Islington Bay passes many remnants of human activity – boatsheds and cottages near Rangitoto Wharf, old quarry sites, ruins of war time storage bases for mines, and Yankee Wharf built during World War II. Islington Bay is a popular for swimming, picnicking and as a yacht anchorage. Sections of the track are over broken lava fields and the footing is rough and uneven. Good footwear is essential. There are no stores on the island so take ample food and water. If visiting in summer, it can be hot and about 4C to 5C warmer than Auckland.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful island. Grab the 0930 boat over and get the full day. The coast trail is well defined but a little rocky. You jump onto the Summit Road which is a drive able road. Just before the summit I went off course and checked out the Lava caves and then grabbed the summit hike to get to the top. Grabbed the tail behind back and around back down the front instead of the road back down. I was a little worried about time as the last boat is at 1530. DONT MISS THE BOAT!! Coming down the road I would uave gotten to see the light house and I think I would have had time. The trail down the front was nice too. Everything is well marked.