Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour

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Combine your ferry trip to Rangitoto Island with a guided tour of the island on a 4WD road-train. Journey through the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world, a treasured fern glen and rugged lava terrain as you make your way to the base of the summit of Rangitoto

Our guide to Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour

Enjoy a scenic 25 minute cruise across Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island, a volcanic island which sits majestically off the Auckland coast.

A 40 minute cruise takes you across the Hauraki Gulf to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island.

On arrival at Matiatia Wharf, board a modern coach and hop on and off as much as you like at any of the tour's 15 convenient stops.

Or if you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 1.5hr scenic tour of the island.

Accompanying your local driver, a friendly host will deliver engaging commentary about the island's history and culture, plus share insider tips to help plan your day.

There are so many ways to customize the Hop-on Hop-off tour to your liking.


Daily year round.

Start times

May to September - Monday to Friday: 12:15pm; Saturday, Sunday: 9:15am and 12:15pm. October to April: 9:15am and 12:15pm.


4 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour

  • Present your voucher at ticket offices located at Pier 1 or Pier 2 and be exchanged for tickets no later than 30 minutes prior to sailing.
  • The 4WD road train has dropdown clear curtains to protect passengers if it rains.
  • Rough or bad weather may cancel cruises.
  • No shops are located on the island so passengers must take food and drink with them or food and beverages can be purchased onboard the vessel.
  • The walk to the summit includes boardwalk stairs. The walk is optional and some passengers may choose to stay and enjoy the view from the base of the summit.
  • Rangitoto Island is a pest-free sanctuary for native birds and plants. There are no rubbish bins on pest-free islands. If you bring food, please remember to take it off the island with you.
  • No refund if the booking is cancelled 48 hours or less prior to travel or in the event of a no show.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.


Frequently Asked Questions for Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour

  • What should I wear?
    Although there's not a great deal of walking, it's a good idea to bring water, a snack/lunch, sun screen and a hat, as the island can get very hot. A comfortable pair of shoes are recommended.
  • Do I have to walk to the summit on Rangitoto Island?
    The walk is optional and some passengers may choose to stay and enjoy the view from the base of the summit.