Rangitoto Summit Hike
Conical Rangitoto is a dormant volcano in the Hauraki Gulf, easily accessed from Auckland’s CBD by a 25-minute ferry ride, with three or four daily returns.
A seven-kilometre scoria track takes hikers on an easy/moderate, gradually inclining walk to the summit where views back to the city and of outlying island can be had. Around 4 hours return, this walk can be extended by visiting the Lava Caves (torch required), a short 15-minute side trip. The island features the world’s largest pohutukawa forest which blazes with red flowers in summer. Take lunch, there are no stores on the island, and pack swimming gear if taking the longer trail to the summit via Mackenzie Bay, a sandy swimming spot. One of the iconic 1930s baches (holiday homes), located nearby the wharf, is now a museum and open some weekends.