Historic waterfront bach on a pest free conservation Island (Sleeps 6)
Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
About Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
The Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust are a not for profit organisation whos mission is "To conserve and interpret the historic Bach Communities on Rangitoto Island for the benefit of all New Zealanders."
What makes this Cottage unique
Explore the rugged coastline, watch sunset from the summit, experience the abundant birdlife
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
DOC biosecurity rules apply - Rangitoto Island is pest free. You must clean and check your gear for pests prior to coming on holiday. No open bags.
No fires are permitted on Rangitoto. This includes the open flames of candles, kerosene lamps or charcoal burners.
Pack in pack out policy – There are no rubbish bins on Rangitoto. You will need to take your rubbish off the Island when you leave.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
back in time
very quiet enjoyable stay
warm and helpful hosts
Another amazing stay
Such a special place, preserved for Everyone to enjoy! Thank you Susan and team.
Amazing get away
We loved our stay at bach 78, it's a real treasure to be able to stay in such a unique place.
Had a wonderful 2 nights here. The manager is kind and generous with advice and support and staying in this simply appointed bach was a wonderful way to see more of Rangitoto than just the summit. We loved the swims, walks and peace and quiet.
We had a fantastic Xmas here, a swim in the morning and a walk to the Crater where we didn't see a soul. Thanks Susan & crew for your vision and hard work. Water needs to be boiled which takes ages - bring tablets, a purifier or water if you are coming with a taxi. Also beware of Fullers who charged us $50 pp to come back one way from Rangitoto. Book a return online (no one way tickets exist) as this is much cheaper than buying on the boat from Rangitoto.
Amazing opportunity to stay overnight on Auckland's most Iconic island.
We all agree this was one of the best holidays we have done as a family in a long time. So unique, yet accessible. Suited the whole family from adventurous 4yr old to chilled our grandfolk. Beautiful location, charming accommodation - 4 night was perfect. We will be back!
Rangitoto is the youngest and largest of Auckland's 48 volcanic cones, and is home to the world's largest pohutukawa forest. Visitors can explore the island via a network of tracks and roads.
Geology: Rangitoto emerged from the sea about 650 years ago, making it the ‘baby’ of all Auckland’s volcanic cones. Ninety-five percent of the island is covered in black basalt rock, which forms lava flows and fields, caves, pillars and tunnels, which are interesting to explore.
Bird and wildlife watching: Look out for saddleback, whitehead, kaka, kakariki, tui, bellbird and tomtit in the forest around the cone and crater on Rangitoto.
Child/family friendly activities: Take the family for a walk to the Rangitoto summit. It takes about an hour and a half to get to the top. Once there, you can enjoy the spectacular views and the kids can explore the WWII fire command post.
For smaller children or less able walkers, Fullers operate a 4WD road train to the base of the Rangitoto summit, from where it is a short walk up a boardwalk to the summit.
Another popular family activity is to explore the lava tunnels and caves. The tunnels and caves are reached by a short diversion off the Rangitoto Summit Track – remember to bring a torch.
Heritage sightseeing: As with many other Hauraki Gulf islands, extensive defence installations were built on Rangitoto during WWII, and remnants of these remain to be explored.
Rangitoto has been a popular destination for picnickers for well over 100 years.Around 30 classic kiwi holiday baches remain today, largely unchanged since the 1930s. Bach 38, adjacent to Rangitoto Wharf, has been turned into a museum and is run by the Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust. Visit the museum to learn the history of this unique piece of kiwiana. Visit the Trust's website for opening times.
Flora: Rangitoto hosts more than 200 species of native trees and flowering plants. Although most are common species, many have unique ways of coping with the harsh volcanic landscape. Rangitoto’s pohutukawa forest is the largest in the country. Visit the island in December to enjoy New Zealand’s Christmas tree.