NileGuide Expert Says:
How many chances do you get to walk around on a volcano? It's truly amazing! See if you can find the lava caves.
1020 Auckland, New Zealand
tel: +64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre)
fax: +64 9 979 7080
NileGuide Expert tip:
Take plenty of sunscreen, water, lunch, and a hat. It is very exposed out there and there is nothing to eat, nor are there many places to hide from the sun. Seriously!
Rangitoto is the largest (260 meters tall, 2300+ hectares) and youngest of the North Island volcanoes. It last erupted as recently as 600 years ago. It is iconic on the Auckland landscape and serves as a landmark in the Hauraki Gulf. Rangitoto is a great day trip and ferries leave daily at regularly scheduled intervals. It is home to the largest forest of Pohutukawa trees in the world and has no permanent residents today. In fact, overnight stays have been banned on the island since the 1930's. To appreciate the natural beauty of the island, you need to be prepared for a day in the sun and have your own drinks and snacks.