The iconic Rangitoto cone is the youngest of Auckland’s volcanos; only 700 years old.
It is the closest island to Auckland city, and Islington Bay, the main anchorage, is only about 8 miles by sea from our base at Bayswater, making this an ideal first or last stop on a trip. It has an amazing volcanic landscape of black lava slowly being colonised by moss, plants and trees including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. It has been a Recreation Reserve since 1890. A brisk walk to the summit (260m altitude, takes an hour or two!) from Islington Bay rewards with magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf. There are also other walks, both short and long on the island.