Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation completed a significant restoration programme on Rangitoto Island and its neighbour Motutapu Island. The islands are now a safe pest-free haven for precious native flora and fauna to survive and thrive.

The popular summit track climbs through the world's largest pohutukawa forest. The peak is 259 metres above sea level, so you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

Maori name

Rangitoto, derived from the phrase 'Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua - the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed'.


Auckland City, map reference NZMS 260: R11/762888


260 m


Formed about 600 years ago (ca 1400 AD).

Volume lava

About 2,300 million cubic metres (equivalent to 468,000 Olympic sized swimming pools).

Volume tuff/ash/pyroclastics

About 19 million cubic metres (equivalent to 3,800 Olympic sized swimming pools).

Visit the Department of Conservation site.

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