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Western Rangitoto, Auckland

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Western RangitotoBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Orla Seymour

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills


Beginner - Intermediate

2:15 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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Off the ferry, head straight up the Summit Track. Take a detour through the lava caves. Don't forget your headtorch so you can make the most of it!
At the top, enjoy the incredible views, and run around the Crater Rim Track. After you've had your fill at the top, follow the McKenzie Bay Road west (looking towards Auckland.) At the bottom of McKenzie Bay Road, make sure you take in McKenzie Bay Beach and the Lighthouse - wow! Follow McKenzie Bay Road the whole way back to the ferry terminal! Bingo!
Don't forget to stash a chilly bin near the ferry terminal with swimming togs, towel, water, food.......

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Features of interest

Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 75%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Rangitoto Romp

Rangitoto Romp

Length: 14.20km

Rangitoto Circumnavigation

Rangitoto Circumnavigation

Length: 20.00km


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  • Access

    Straight off the ferry!

    Only accessible by boat. fullers.co.nz. Return ferry is $33. 7.30am ferry on Saturdays and Sundays for $20 return.

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  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No water available on the island. BYO!

    It gets very dry over in Rangi, best to take extra water and leave it near the ferry terminal

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