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Rangitoto Volcano Adventure

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Our guided sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island takes in the sunset atop one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. Paddle your way through an adventure to remember.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Less than 10 minutes from downtown Auckland you’ll launch from our iconic Fergs Kayaks base on the water’s edge at Okahu Bay.   

Your paddling adventure to the island takes a little over an hour, once there, your guide will lead you on a summit hike, taking in the amazing geology, flora and fauna, and fascinating history of this unique dormant volcano.

At the peak, you will enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland City, the inner harbour and islands of the Hauraki Gulf. On a clear evening, the sunset is breathtaking.

A real highlight of this tour is paddling home under the stars with the lights of Auckland in the distance. It is a wonderfully serene way to end the day.


TRIP SUMMARY

• Meet Fergs Kayaks 4 pm (or after daylight saving ends, at 2.00pm)
• Safety Briefing
• Approx. 75-minute paddle to Rangitoto
• One hour hike to the summit
• Rest and take in the sunset
• Return hike down the volcano
• Paddle home under the stars
• Return to base 10.30 pm (approx.)
• Daytime tours are also available, meeting at 9am and returning by 3pm (approx.)


WHY GET ON BOARD

• Wildlife encounters. Dolphins and penguins are regular inhabitants of our harbour, we even have a local leopard seal that enjoys sleeping on our ramp.
• The rich history of the island is enchanting and educational.
• Adventure! Our night tours are nothing short of legendary.
• Take in the city from a unique perspective.
• Immerse yourself in a truly Auckland and Kiwi experience.
• The most memorable team building adventure.
• A date to make the producers of The Bachelor swoon.
• Sit atop an iconic volcano.
• We can take care of everything, so you don't have to worry and just focus on enjoying the trip!

Our tours have limited numbers, so please book in advance to secure your space.


WHAT TO BRING

Dress for the weather, and be prepared for it to change. We recommend the following:

• For summer paddling: shorts, t-shirt, sports tights, quick dry clothing. For winter paddling, anything thermal/wool/polypro, shorts/leggings/polar fleece or hiking trousers (NO denim or cotton please)
• A windproof shell jacket
• A dry change of clothes in a small carry pack as you may get wet.
• Hiking shoes or trainers
• Water and some food such as filled rolls or pasta
• Sunhat/sunglasses, ideally with a securing string
• Sunscreen
• Camera
• Your sense of adventure
• We provide all safety equipment


WHAT TO WORRY ABOUT

Nothing! Our guides are experienced and safety conscious. We chaperone you the whole way and have systems in place for the unexpected. We are weather and tide nerds, with your safety our top priority.

Kayaking is sustained physical exercise, but it’s not boot camp. You require only a moderate level of fitness and you’ll comfortably enjoy your evening on the water. Sorry, you also need to be at least 16 years.


YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED IN

The unique experience of staying overnight in one of the recently restored historic holiday baches nestled in sheltered Islington Bay on Rangitoto. Fergs will chaperone your group from St. Heliers Beach to Islington Bay. We can also arrange catered meals for your stay.

Let us know if you'd like to hear more about this unique way of seeing Rangitoto.

Love adventure but short on time? Our North Head experience is an easy three-hour tour across the harbour to the seaside village of Devonport and the mysterious North Head barracks. 

Find out more about our North Head kayaking trip here.


HOW CAN I HELP WITH BIOSECURITY

Fergs Kayaks are licensed by DOC and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We take pride in protecting these valuable sanctuaries and appreciate your help.

• Check your bags for stowaways: Argentine ants, mice, rats, and Rainbow skinks. They’re sneaky, so be thorough.
• Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free from any soil and seeds.
• Pack all food in a rodent-proof container e.g. hard plastic with a lid.
• Make sure everything you bring is in a sealed and/or zipped closed bag. No open bags or boxes.
• Any camping or overnight gear must be thoroughly checked for pest stowaways.

Visit www.treasureislands.co.nz for further information on biosecurity in the Hauraki Gulf.

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