Bach or holiday home, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 7)
Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
What makes this Cottage unique
Off grid. If you dont mind roughing it a little this is the eco holiday for you.
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Max guests:7 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
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.
No fires are permitted on Rangitoto. This includes the open flames of candles, kerosene lamps or charcoal burners.
Rangitoto Island is pest free. DOC biosecurity rules apply. You must clean and check your gear for pests prior to coming on holiday. No open bags.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We loved it, perfect for our family. Authentic 1940’s bach. The tramp to Islington Bay was worth the effort.
What an incredible place! Thanks Susan for such a fantastic experience for our family. We will be back 👍�🏻�
What a peaceful and beautiful spot! The bach has been left in it's original state and furnished with care. The walks, the beaches, the rocks and the pier make for a magical stay. And after the ferries depart back to the city...there's hardly anyone about. Susan and Aaron from the Rangito Trust are lovely hosts and pop in to make sure you know where everything is and how it all works. We will come back - for a longer stay!
This was a very authentic experience. The bach is maintained in original style, even down to crockery, but the toilet is modernised. We had a fab time exploring the lesser known parts of Rangitoto
Back in time
A rustic heritage bach.
Beautifully restored/ maintained accommodation. I truly out of the everyday experience.
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. Many of the baches can be seen by taking the track from Rangitoto Wharf to Flax Point.
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.