Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf of the North island, it is located close to Auckland, New Zealand.
Rangitoto is a large island of 2311 hectares with an amazing volcanic landscape that has over 200 species of moss, plants and trees such as the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world.
There are a many diverse short and long walks around the island and from the top of the island you can see glorious views of the Hauraki Gulf, the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city. Visitors in December will see the island glow with crimson blossom, also while walking to the summit you can explore the lava tunnels. The Kidney Fern Walk is another popular walk which leads to a soft green glen of fragile, translucent ferns.
Rangitoto Islands' unique geological and natural traits attract attention internationally and the three Bach Settlements of Rangitoto Wharf, Islington Bay and Beacon End are of national importance.
Rangitoto Island History
Rangitoto surfaced from the sea around 700 years ago after a number of volcanic explosions. It was purchased by the Crown in 1854, set aside as a recreation reserve in 1890 and for over 30 years the island's volcanic rock was extracted and shipped to Auckland. Between 1925 and 1936 roads were built on the on the island and a track was built to the summit.
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