Journey: 12 km/7 hours weekdays – 7½ hours weekends including ferry transfers and lunch

Length: 5 hours/12 km  |  Pace - Easy/moderate

Summer season starts 1 October

Experience a world of contrasts as you journey through Auckland’s largest, most diverse island sanctuaries – sacred places where you can explore the past, enjoy the present and support the future. Explore ancient Motutapu Island guarded by the sentinel Rangitoto on a journey through time.

This is a guided walk where specialist Ngāi Tai kaiārahi (guide) will share their local knowledge and expertise, so you can feel a part of this stunning landscape. Our guide will meet you at the wharf before leaving Auckland for Rangitoto.

Rangitoto Guide

Winter Bookings

Tailored packages are available now through to the start of the Summer season in October. Please enquire through the contact form for more information on dates and availability.


  • Discover the beauty of Auckland’s Waitematā harbour, with a ferry to and from Rangitoto Island.
  • Your kaiārahi (guide) will share traditional and local stories about the ancient landscapes of Te-Motutapu-a-Taikehu and the alien lava-scapes of Rangitoto
  • Experience Ngāi Tai tikanga (customs) as you are welcomed and hosted in traditional Ngāi Tai fashion
  • Walk to the summit of Rangitoto and experience 360˚ panoramic views of greater Auckland
  • Wander through regenerating native forest where you may even spot the rare and endangered takahē and tieke while learning the importance of biosecurity
  • Discover the contrasts and connections between Rangitoto and Motutapu at Gardiners Gap where the two islands meet
  • Enjoy expansive views of the Hauraki Gulf, secluded white sandy beaches and secret coves, relax on the beach or get out on the water for a different view
  • Learn about The lifestyle of New Zealand’s first māori agricultural communities and the largest pastoral farm in Auckland
  • Also learn about māori agricultural life techniques and village life.


Rangitoto and Motutapu are pest free to protect wildlife so it is important to check anything you take onto the island before you leave for the ferry.

Please check all your gear for rats, mice and ants (take extra care if you have Argentine ants where you live) - backpacks and camping equipment provide an ideal place for pests to hide. Clean your footwear and remove any soil and seeds. Pack any food into sealed containers to keep pests out.

To respect the environment of the islands please do not bring any supermarket bags.