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Rangitoto Island - Roadside Stories

Rangitoto Island - Roadside Stories


Rangitoto Island

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Rangitoto. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The landscape of New Zealand’s largest city is dotted with 48 volcanoes. The oldest volcano last erupted some 150,000 years ago - the youngest, Rangitoto Island, is just 600 years old. A symmetrical volcanic cone, it has been colonised by red-flowering pōhutukawa forest.

Aerial view of Rangitoto,

Gulf islands,

Auckland volcanoes,

Auckland volcanoes in 1865 and today,

Eruptions in early history,


Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number Spectrum 399).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way - their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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