Welcome to Rangitoto & Motutapu Islands
Sloping elegantly from the Hauraki Gulf, 259m-high Rangitoto (www.rangitoto.org) is the largest and youngest of Auckland's volcanic cones. As recently as 600 years ago it erupted from the sea and was active for several years before settling down. Māori living on Motutapu (Sacred Island; www.motutapu.org.nz), to which Rangitoto is joined by a causeway, certainly witnessed the eruptions, as footprints have been found embedded in ash, and oral history details several generations living here before the eruption.
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