Rangitoto RompBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
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Just a hundred metres from the wharf you will pick up the Summit Track (signposted sensibly enough to 'Rangitoto Summit'). Follow this up the gradually steepening side of the volcano, ignoring the left turns to Kidney Fern Glen and Wilson's Park Track.
After about 2 kms you'll reach a bit of a clearing. Carry straight on following the steps on the Rangitoto Summit track. Another 300m of lovely bush running brings you to the Crater Rim Track. Turn sharp left up the boardwalk to the summit trig and stupendous 360° views across the harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
Exit the summit area on the far side via the Crater Rim Track and follow a short distance until a wide track heads off downhill to your left. Follow this and very soon turn left on to Summit Road. Follow this downhill for about 200m before turning left on to Wilson's Park Track. This is a beautiful stretch of single track that sidles around the side of the hill before rejoining the Summit Track in about 1.3 kms.
Turn left on the Summit Track and re-trace your earlier steps up the hill to the clearing. This time leave the clearing to the right following the sign to 'Rangitoto Summit via Road' and 'Lava Caves'. Keep a careful eye out for a junction after a couple of hundred metres. Straight ahead is a worthwhile dead-end detour to the lava caves (take a headlamp if you want to go exploring) and a left turn follows a track around under the summit cone to join Summit Road.
On hitting Summit Road turn left and follow it up the hill for a few hundred metres before turning left on the boardwalk signposted 'Rangitoto Summit 30 mins'. This is a beautiful stretch of uphill running with great views east over the neighbouring islands and the Gulf. After about 400m you will find yourself back at the Summit Track/Crater Rim Track junction - head straight on up the boardwalk to summit for the second time.
Leave the summit by the same route as before and once again take a left turn off Crater Rim Track to rejoin the Summit Road. This time turn right on Summit Road and follow this rocky road down the hill for almost 3 kms. En route you need to bear left at a junction following the sign to Islington Bay Wharf (a right turn following the sign to Rangitoto Wharf provides a less interesting short cut back to the ferry if you are running short of time or energy).
When almost back at sea level turn right at a sign to Yankee Wharf, from where you will pick up the rugged and rocky Coastal Track that carries you the remaining 5 kms back to the wharf and hopefully a waiting ferry.
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Features of interest
You are going to the top of a volcano that erupted from the sea only about 600 years ago - it is a special and unique place.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 30%
The wharf on Rangito Is - get off the ferry and straight into your run!
Fullers ferries leave from the Ferry Building in downtown Auckland
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The route is well signposted, just keep a sharp eye for the described turns.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
None. Take your own and plenty of it if it's a summer run.
The heat that bounces back of the volcanic rock of the island can be cruel in summer. Be prepared - leave well hydrated and take plenty of fluids with you.
Harsh, volcanic scoria is the base of the trails - take tough shoes and DON'T fall on this stuff - it hurts! It can be very hot in summer so carry plenty of fluid.
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