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Welcome to Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

The youngest of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto emerged from the sea around 700 years ago in a series of volcanic explosions. Rising to a height of 260 metres the circular island presents the same uniform appearance and is visible from most parts of the mainland. Rangitoto's name has been translated to mean the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed, relating to a major Maori battle at Islington Bay about 1350. Rangitoto is an icon of Auckland city.

Situated about 8 km northeast of Auckland and connected to Motutapu Island by a causeway, Rangitoto is a large island of 2311 hectares with a wonderful volcanic landscape that supports over 200 species of moss, plants and trees including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. It was purchased by the Crown in 1854, set aside as a recreation reserve in 1890 and for over 30 years the island's volcanic scoria was quarried and shipped to Auckland. Between 1925 and 1936 prison labour built roads on the island and a track to the summit.

There are some 10 or so short and long walks around the island and from the summit there are magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf, the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city.

Rangitoto Islands' unique geological and natural attributes are of international interest. What is less known is that the three Bach Settlements of Rangitoto Wharf, Islington Bay and Beacon End are also of national importance.

The bach communities on Rangitoto Island were built in the 1920's and 30's and consist of private holiday dwellings and boatsheds as well as communal facilities such as paths, swimming pool, community hall and tennis courts. Built by families, using the scarce resources of the Depression era, the buildings demonstrate the 'kiwi' do-it-yourself, jack-of-all-trades attitudes of the times.

As a result of a prohibition order on further buildings in 1937, the remnants of the communities reflect this specific time in Auckland's development and as a result they are part of local history involving typical New Zealanders in a unique environment.

Because other bach communities, which were prevalent throughout the country, have virtually disappeared, the Rangitoto bach settlements are irreplaceable artefacts of New Zealand's architectural, and social history and therefore are important beyond their locality.

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Museum Bach Opening Hours

Bach 38 Museum at Rangitoto Wharf will be open by appointment
Opening times are from the first Fullers ferry of the day to the last ferry of the day.

Open other days by appointment -

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Latest Additions

Education Pages

New content added to the education pages here>>

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Rangitoto Scouts

Photos of the Scout Camps in the 1930s, 1948 and 1951 here>>

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Rangitoto Wrecks

Photos of the wrecks here>>

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Rangitoto Ramblings

The latest newsletter is available here>>

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Gareth Cooke Photos

Gareth has taken a series of photos of the Rangitoto Baches and wrecks view his online gallery here>>

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From the TVNZ Archives

A Summer Place

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Photos of Rangitoto Island submitted by the public on Flickr are here>>

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Rangitoto Island Biosecurity Standards. Find out what you need to know here>>

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The Environmental Care Code and Water Care Code can be found here>>

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New photos have been added to the galleries here>>

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Charitable Trust

The Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust is Charities Commission registered - our number is CC28141 - so all donations over $5 are tax deductible. View certificate here>>
More information on societies and trusts here>>

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Major financial sponsor
AMP Financial Services Limited

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Tide reports -
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Heritage Notes
Restoration / #38 / #114
Membership / How to join
Submit / Stories & Photos
Bach 38 / Open Day Images

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Key facts about Rangitoto Island

Maori name: Rangitoto, derived from the phrase 'Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua - the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed'.

Location: Auckland City, map reference NZMS 260: R11/762888

Height: 260 m

Age: Formed about 600 years ago
(ca 1400 AD)

Volume lava: about 2,300 million cubic metres (equivalent to 468,000 Olympic sized swimming pools)

Volume tuff/ash/pyroclastics: about 19 million cubic metres (equivalent to 3,800 Olympic sized swimming pools)

Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust

Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the eight Annual General Meeting of Members of the Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust will be held at the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre, Lecture Room 5, Marine Rescue Centre, Tamaki Drive, on Wednesday 10th August 2005 at 7.30pm.

All members and visitors are welcome.


  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of the AGM held 21st July 2004.
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes.
  4. Trustees Report.
  5. Treasurers Report and Presentation of Accounts.
  6. Appointment of Auditor.
  7. Sub Committee Reports:
    1. Archives.
    2. Maintenance.
  8. Election of Council Members:
    1. Chairman.
    2. Deputy Chairman.
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer/Membership.
    5. Subcommittees

        i.    Archives.

      ii.   Maintenance.

  9. General Business.


Nominations for the various positions on the Executive Council should be in the hands of the Secretary by the start of the meeting. This is a departure from the rules.

By order: Board of Trustees.


Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust

Nomination Form


I Nominate: ....................................


For the Position of: ..................................


Proposer: .................Seconder: ................


Signature of Nominee: ..........Dated: .................




10th August 2005



Annual General Meeting



Room 5, Marine Rescue Centre,

Mechanics Bay, Auckland.


At the end of the meeting we will have supper, Tea, Coffee and Juice will be provided. If you are able please bring a plate or drink celebratory drink.


Lecture room 5 is on the left as you enter the Centre.


Raffle on the night - bring your change!


Newly collected photos and documents will be on show from the archives - we need help identifying some of the people and dates. There may be a guest speaker on how to look after your precious family heirlooms - photos, books, & clothes


The RIHCT is a charitable trust that is governed by its Trustees who keep an eye on the work we are doing and make sure it does not go outside what it is able to do under the Trust Deed. The Trustees can appoint or remove advisors and Trustees as necessary.

There is an executive council which is the actual working body of the Trust. It is responsible for the day to day management - memberships, accounts, newsletters, volunteers etc. These roles are currently filled by Trustees but it would be nice if other members would consider filling some of these roles or be part of a sub committee.

It is the positions on the executive council that are called for at the AGM. Please consider putting you names forward on the enclosed form if you are interested. We meet as a committee on a monthly basis and if the work is shared it is not an onerous task.