New Zealand is amazingly beautiful from anywhere and everywhere. If you are living in Auckland, you might have somehow seen this Rangitoto island far as it is visible from most of the places in Auckland and it is just 25 mins away from Auckland central by ferry. I have been living here for more than 10 months now in Auckland. As like others I have spotted this island from Mission beach and Mt Hobson. It reminded me of the scenery mountain which I used to draw in my childhood days. I believe most kids’ scenery picture must have a mountain like this. I have always wondered what this Symmetrical Triangle shaped island is and never had thought of visiting it someday soon.
It was a long weekend and we had not planned for any trip out. We felt guilty for wasting time by simply spending time at home. We headed to Auckland Downtown without any clue about the place what we ought to visit.
It was around 11am when we reached the ferry terminal. We chose to visit Rangitoto Island as we felt good with the tour timing 12pm to 5pm.
My first ferry travel in Auckland happened that day. It always feels great to sail in the sea. It felt even too great to see the far view of the beautiful Auckland city from the sea. We landed in Rangito around 12:30pm. Within 5 mins we had to get into the fuller Volcanic Explorer Road train. The tour commenced with a little intro by the driver cum guide. He was so welcoming with so much of interesting information about the little island.
If you are not explained about the island, you would just feel why they ploughed the whole island hard like this. The lava formation of the evolved island looks just like a hard ploughed field. Forgetting about the surrounding if you get to walk in this island, it would just feel you are in a different planet and not in an island. It is a terrific feeling to stand in a place where once an active volcano was.
The journey through the island is bit rough with the rugged lava crust. But the wonder is, many plant species survive here in the hard core lava rock. The road train dropped us for the summit walk and was given 40 mins. We headed up the stairs for the 360 degree view of and around Rangitoto Island. Reaching the summit, you get to see the beautiful spectacular things of the beautiful Auckland city with sky city marking its majestic look from a far top view behind the sea. It was indeed spectacular and worth.
On the way back to the terminal, we were asked to get down to touch and feel the lava. I touched the rock with curiosity. I thought it would feel like a mud rock by looking at it but it actually felt like an iron rock. We had spent almost 4 hours and it felt so great to visit one such unique landscapes.
Reason to visit: Must visit place just for its unique landscape
Facilities available: Toilets, Swimming pool near the shore, Resting sheds
Facts about Rangitoto Island:
- Rangitoto Island has no electricity, no drinking water, no shops (means you got to bring your own food and water).
- Also, You got to use the toilets before heading for the summit walk coz, you will not find any toilets apart from the one near the terminal.
- If you have opted for the volcanic Explorer tour you must get into the road train within 5 mins as soon you are dropped in the terminal.
- Do not miss the ferry by any chance, as you have no other choice rather staying in the island alone till next morning. The last ferry service is at 5pm during weekends and holidays and 3:30pm during week days.
- Rangitoto is not pram friendly.
- No pets allowed.
For more info : Visit www.fullers.co.nz
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