Hiking a Volcano Rangitoto Auckland
Rangitoto is the youngest volcano of the 50 volcano’s in Auckland, It last erupted 600 years ago. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf it is one of the most photographed icons in Auckland.
How to Get There – There are regular ferries from Downtown Auckland with Fullers Cruises.
What to Take It’s advisable to take a packed lunch and plenty of water. The heat radiates from the volcanic rock. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.
The walk takes about three hours, hike in the morning, have lunch at the summit and walk back down in the afternoon to catch the ferry back to Auckland.
Hiking a Volcano – I did this hike a few year’s ago, although it’s not a very scenic walk the views from the top looking over the Hauraki Gulf are amazing. I couldn’t believe how big the crater was and I was expecting a big gaping hole it is covered in dense bush. There is also a track that circles the rim.
The bach (bach is the name for New Zealand holiday homes) communities on Rangitoto Island built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and consist of private holiday homes and boatsheds.
There are several Māori myths associated with Rangitoto. One tells of the children of the fire deities, who lived in the Auckland area.
One night a husband and wife argued and cursed the fire deity Mahuika. She complained to Mataoho, the deity of earthquakes and eruptions, who sent an eruption to destroy the couple’s mountain home. It was swallowed up by the earth and became Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s North Shore, and Rangitoto rose out of the sea. When mist surrounds Rangitoto, it is the tears of the couple as they weep over their lost home.