Rangitoto Island video archive


Meet the Locals

Rangitoto Island was once a holiday home to many Aucklanders.

Watch this video for some interesting facts about Rangitoto's history.

Rangitoto Island Roadside Story

The landscape of New Zealand's largest city is dotted with 48 volcanoes. The oldest volcano last erupted some 150,000 years ago the youngest, Rangitoto Island, is just 600 years old. A symmetrical volcanic cone, it has been colonised by red-flowering pōhutukawa forest.

The Rangitoto baches

Rangitoto Island's historic bach community.

A Summer Place

Take a look at this documentary from 1995 in the TVNZ archive - it features many Rangitoto baches.

Synopsis: This beautifully-shot documentary is a social and architectural history of the great NZ bach (or crib for those south of the Waitaki). Maggie Barry tracks their evolution from workers’ cottages to a fully fledged icon in danger of extinction: as the blind eye turned by councils that made them possible becomes a thing of the past, and the coastline becomes too valuable to allow ‘just anyone’ to erect a shack on it. The Kiwi spirit that created the building is celebrated; and bach enthusiasts interviewed include Sam Hunt, Keri Hulme, Karl Stead and Rawiri Paratene.