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Summit Track

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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 802' 245 m
Descent: -45' -14 m
High: 793' 242 m
Low: 4' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Kristen McGlynn

A short trail to the top of the youngest volcano in New Zealand.

Kristen McGlynn

Features Birding · Views

Rangitoto is a pest-free island. Be sure to check your bags and clean your gear and footwear before visiting the island.

Runner Notes

A short run, but well worth the view at the top. This is one of the more popular trails and can be very crowded so best to run it early, late, or in the off season to avoid the crowds.

Description

This short trail climbs from the wharf to the summit of Rangitoto where you'll enjoy stunning view of downtown Auckland, the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Motutapu Island, Waiheke Island, and the Hauraki Gulf.

The trail climbs gradually, first through scrubby plants and trees and large, black lava rock fields to progressively taller and more lush forests. Near the top, you'll pass the volcanic cone whose steep sides are now covered with trees. There is a large viewing platform at the top where you can take in the 360° views that are particularly stunning at sunrise or sunset.

The island is only accessible by water; check out the ferry schedule for more information on getting to Rangitoto.

Flora & Fauna

A large pohutukawa forest that is home to many birds such as the Tuī.

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Watch your footing as you make your way to the summit through the volcanic basalt.
May 29, 2017 near Tamaki, NZ

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