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Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Auckland: Sunset & Night Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island

1. Auckland: Sunset & Night Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island

Kayak out to beautiful Rangitoto Island while the afternoon sun is slowly setting over Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges. Meet at the free pick-up point in Auckland. Then paddle out to Rangitoto Island in the setting sun. Once at the island, pull your kayak up to Rangitoto Wharf before embarking on a 1-hour, leisurely walk to the summit. From the top of the island you will be treated to the best sunset location Auckland has to offer. Enjoy a BBQ dinner while enjoying the stunning North Island views. Under the guidance of your kayak tour guide, paddle back to Auckland in the dark, watching the twinkling city lights of New Zealand's largest city getting closer and closer. Perfect for first-time kayakers as well as those more experienced, this unique, guided tour includes instruction, and a great, unique experience of Auckland.

Rangitoto Island: Sea Kayak & Summit Hike Day Trip

2. Rangitoto Island: Sea Kayak & Summit Hike Day Trip

Explore the landmark of the Auckland region and see Auckland city from another perspective. The full-day adventure tour by kayak across Waitemata Harbor will take you to the area’s youngest and most active volcano. After your safety briefing and paddling instruction, you will kayak across the Waitemata Harbor, meaning “sparkling waters.” where you may see wildlife, such as Little Blue Penguins and Cooks Petrels. On arrival at Rangitoto Island, location for the largest and youngest of Auckland’s volcanoes, you will start a leisurely 1-hour hike to the summit. Walk up the pohutukawa-cloaked island exploring the baked scoria rocks, which support over 200 different native trees and flowering plants. Upon reaching the top you will be treated to the finest 360-degree views that the Auckland region has to offer. Return to the water’s edge, where a healthy, hearty Kiwi lunch will be awaiting you, with cold and hot drinks to match! If time permits, you might even enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea before the gear is packed back into the kayak to head home. Kayak back south, perhaps with the help of a sail to take you safely back to St Heliers Bay.

Ardmore: Auckland and Rangitoto Scenic Flight

3. Ardmore: Auckland and Rangitoto Scenic Flight

The best way to appreciate this amazing city is from above. Join Air Auckland for breath-taking views, soaring above the Harbour Bridge, central city, Sky Tower, Mt. Eden, Devon Port, Whitford Forrest, flying over Rangitoto Island, and long the bays back to Ardmore Airport. The perfect anniversary or birthday present for your loved one, or treat your kids to the experience of a lifetime. This 45-minute scenic flight experience is sure to surprise including unique views of: Harbour Bridge, Central city Sky Tower Mt. Eden Devon Port Whitford Forrest Rangitoto Island All along The Bays The perfect anniversary or birthday present for your loved one, or treat your kids to the experience of a lifetime.

Luxury Auckland & West Coast Day Tour with Maori Guide

4. Luxury Auckland & West Coast Day Tour with Maori Guide

Enjoy a unique experience in Auckland and the surrounding area with award-winning TIME Unlimited Tours. Your guide for the day will be a local, highly knowledgeable Maori, who will be able to share the region’s indigenous history and culture from a personal perspective. Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city and home to a variety of cultures from across the Pacific. You’ll see the best that Auckland city and its West Coast have to offer on this tour. On the first segment of the tour you’ll visit Maungawhau. From the heights here you’ll have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. You’ll drive to colonial Parnell, and continue along the waterfront along Tamaki Drive. See the stunning beaches along Auckland's shoreline and Waitemata Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf, the mystical island volcano of Rangitoto, and the famous Harbour Bridge. Visit Devonport, a picturesque marine village with great cafés, boutiques, and stunning views of both Takarunga and Auckland city. The second part of the tour takes you to Auckland’s West Coast. See Titirangi, or the Fringe of Heaven, an artist enclave on Manukau Harbour, and stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre - the gateway to Auckland's West Coast. From here you’ll enjoy magnificent views over the Harbour. Further along the coast you’ll marvel at views of the soaring cliffs, take in incredible ocean vistas, the roaring surf, and the unique black sand beaches. Ancient native rainforests abound, where you’ll see the amazing kauri trees as well as pohutukawa trees with their crimson flowers.

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What people are saying about Rangitoto Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 100 reviews

Wonderful experience - I have little to no experience kayaking but I felt supported by the guide and had a great time. Highlight of our trip to NZ so far!

Amazing day, challenging kayaking conditions but perfect by the time we reached Rangitoto. Also delicious lunch and very knowledgeable guide

Cheerful guide. The clear water was perfect for paddling a sea kayak. The night view is also very fantastic.

Great time with a guide at the top. You really feel like you are alone at the end of the world.

Amazing experience and a great way to see the country!!