Rangitoto Island • Riverhead Ferry

Rangitoto Island Cruise

Take a private cruise to this Auckland icon that's deeply enriched in history. Emerging from the sea just over 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand.

Best for

Campers, hikers, families, groups of friends, snorkelling and kayaking, wildlife and landscape photographers, nature-lovers.

Time

1 hour to Islington Bay, or 45 minutes to Rangitoto Wharf. Spend 5 hours on the island. Total trip is 6 hours.

Schedule

Pick up 10 am from Z Pier. Leave Islington Bay at 3pm, or Rangitoto Wharf at 3.15pm, arriving back to Auckland approximately 4pm.

Cost

The price depends on numbers and requirements. Enquire to book! Private charters only.

Amenities

Licensed bar, flushing toilet, eftpos, AUX sound system, indoor and outdoor seating.

Boat capacity

The Riverhead Ferry can comfortably fit 49 passengers.

Rangitoto is Auckland's most iconic landmark and a must-do day out for both locals and tourists. It has long been a favourite day-trip for hikers, and a popular place to camp or stay in one of the historic baches. The summit track climbs through the world's largest Pohutukawa forest, and passes the black lava caves open for the public to explore. The peak is 850 feet above sea level, with incredible panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

The Destination

 

Where is it?

An island located in the Hauraki Gulf, 8kms off Auckland’s mainland.

How long should I stay?

5 hours is the perfect time to spend on the island. The summit track takes one hour from Rangitoto Wharf (add 45 minutes to go via the lava caves). You can also stay in some of the accommodation options.

How do I get around?

There are multiple walking tracks, even one to neighbouring Motutapu Island.

What do I need?

Sun protection, light rain jacket, good walking shoes, swimming gear, water bottle. Make sure you also pack your own food for the day as there are no shops on the island.

What can I do?

The summit climb, 4WD road-train, lava caves, bird watching, Rangitoto shipwrecks on the Boulder Bay Track, picnics, tour-guided or self-guided kayaking. Campsites and historic huts available to spend the night. 

The Cruise

What you'll see

As the closest island in the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland, you'll cruise past Auckland's coastlines and Bean Rock Lighthouse.

Drop-off & pick-up

Your pick-up location is Z Pier, Westhaven Marina. Find out how to get to us here.

Onboard the ferry

Play your own music using our AUX sound system, while you watch the beautiful Hauraki Gulf sail past you. You'll have access to seating in the back and front of the boat, with comfortable indoor couches available to relax too.

Food & Drink

Enjoy the range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from our licensed bar, as well as bar snacks available for purchase. Self-catering for food required. We recommend the Cater Station, or bring your own food to grill on our Weber BBQ. BYO food is free of charge. Eftpos available!

Refunds & Cancellations

A non-refundable deposit is required upon booking date for private charters. Full payment is required one week before departure and will not be refunded if you cancel your charter after full payment has been made. If you need to cancel the charter due to unforeseen circumstances we can reschedule the charter to an alternative date. All our cruises are designed with your safety and comfort in mind. In the event of bad weather, we may have to cancel the charter in the interests of your safety. If we need to cancel your trip due to bad weather we will re-schedule, or offer a full refund. In the event of another lockdown or for any questions around vaccination policies, please refer to our COVID-19 policy.

Safety Onboard

Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your journey is smooth sailing please make sure you; use handrails when moving around the vessel, remove luggage/bags from seats and aisles, ensure you listen to safety announcements on departure, familiarise yourself with the location of the life jackets on your particular vessel, climbing, jumping or running on board the vessel is not permitted at any time, do not stand on seats or sit on railings, intoxicated passengers that are not fit to travel are not allowed on any of our vessels, and drugs or illicit substances are not permitted on board any of our charters.

Biosecurity Information

The Riverhead Ferry holds a "Pest-Free Warrant" so we can visit the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, which means we have a biosecurity system.

Rangitoto Island was declared pest-free in 2011 after a four-year eradication programme. Being pest-free has created a safe haven for precious native species and it is vital Rangitoto remains free of pests so the native species can continue to thrive.

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  • Look out for cleaning stations

    Look out for cleaning stations at your departure or arrival pier to clean your gear and footwear.

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  • Check your overnight gear

    Any overnight gear e.g. sleeping bags must be checked for pest stowaways.

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  • Check your lunch

    Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/sealed container if you bring it onboard.

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  • Check your bags

    Check your bags for stowaways - rats, mice, argentine ants, or rainbow skinks.

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  • Check your footwear

    Ensure your footwear, clothing, and bags are clean from soil and seeds.

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  • “Went out yesterday (our second trip) with Holger and Hannah to watch the Prada Cup racing. Once again fantastic and friendly; an entertaining day out. They both go out of their way to ensure you are well looked after. I have also been on the Riverhead pub trip and again have nothing but praise for these guys. Highly recommend this trip and these great people. They really add something special to a great day out, 10/10.”
    Fantastic
    Keith W
  • “Wow, what a perfect day. Captain Holger and Mate Harry offer the experience of a lifetime. The classic vessel is in tip-top shape and is beautiful. Capt. Holger is knowledgeable, charming and engaging. Harry was our helmsman and maneuvered the vessel like he has been doing this all his life. The scenery and weather helped in making our voyage memorable. The topography and landscape of the secluded coves and beaches are beautiful beyond words. Wow - the only superlative I can think of. Thank you Captain for giving my family a wonderful adventure and one of the best experiences during our visit to New Zealand.”
    Wow – A Perfect Day
    Anne D
  • “What a great day out. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the boat ride so much, but it was a real highlight. If you’ve never been up the harbour to Riverhead you really must. So beautiful meandering up there, and also getting a different perspective of the CBD was good! The boat was delightful and the captain very welcoming. Highly recommend as a must-do.”
    Best Day Out in Auckland
    Michelle Behrens

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