Bach or holiday home, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 7)
Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
About Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
The Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust is 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
Off grid. If you dont mind roughing it a little this is the eco holiday for you.
Max guests: 7 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Fantastic place to stay.
Amazing and carefully restored historic bach.
Facilities are simple but enough. A taste of holidays past.
A great family weekend away. Loved our stay.
A charming bach in a unique location made for an unforgetable stay. Such a privilege to be able to stay on Rangitoto and experience the bach as it has always been.
Thanks Susan for a great stay. An incredible experience. We will be back.
One of the most special places in NZ
There are few creature comforts here — but that’s the point. This is one of the most special places to stay in NZ — the landscape is beautiful, the water clear and the bach couldn’t be more authentic. We stayed with three toddlers and four adults — everyone loved it.
When the last ferry goes it’s just you and the birds — we saw takahe, tui and saddleback during our two days here.
What makes it really special is the friendly welcome from Susan and the help you get during your stay. We highly recommend using the kayaks — a lovely way to explore the bay.
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.