Rangitoto Island Loop

MODERATE 7 reviews

Rangitoto Island Loop is a 12.6 kilometer moderately 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, walking, trail running, and birding.

DISTANCE
12.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
308 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

The popular track climbs through the world's largest pohutukawa forest. The peak is 259 metres above sea level, so you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Get to island by ferry from either downtown Auckland or Devonport. The lava caves near the summit are well worth a visit. They are very dark so take a torch or headlamp to explore them. The biggest and easiest cave to access is at the end of the Lava Caves track. The route includes a visit to Kidney Fern Grove near the the ferry terminal. If visiting in summer, it can be hot and about 4C to 5C warmer than Auckland. There are no stores on the island so take ample food and water.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views from the top lookout, great to explore the lava caves. We had the segment along the coast to ourselves with great birding opportunities - kingfisher!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this great hike on 1/25/18 with a group of dancemates. This hike includes a ferry ride, yay. Lovely to see the top of Rangitoto, views of Auckland, the kidney ferns, lava caves, the black back gull colony, the Baches, and mangroves. Overall a great day trip.

4 months ago

Really fun trek around Black lava flows. Easy to get off by yourself even so close to city.

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