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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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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

December 2002

Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching, time just seems to go faster and faster!
Christmas Get Together
Wednesday 11th of December
Marine Rescue Centre
Mechanics Bay @ 7.30pm

A chance to get together before the hustle and bustle of Xmas. No speakers or elections, just a drink, a bite to eat and good conversation with people who think Rangitoto is a special place. Please bring a plate, something special to drink or a donation.
Tea and Coffee provided. Kevyn Male's new book signed by him will be raffled on night. Please come and celebrate with other members the successes and disappointments of an extremely busy year.

Generous Donations
Throughout the year the Trust has been extremely fortunate to have had a number of generous donations. Starting with Auckland Glass, Dimond and Wattyl and just recently a significant amount of timber sourced through a member. Without these donations the Trust would find it extremely difficult to continue the work we have started.

We have had other generous donations this year, a computer, envelopes, stamps, filing cabinets, curtains, paper, all sorts of things and of course peoples precious time. Shirley has been keeping a record of this and the total is over $52000 when converted into a dollar value!

2003 Working Bee Schedule
Dec 7th (1030) Jan 18th (0814)
Feb 15th (0657) Mar 15th (0526)
Apr 19th (0912) May 17th (0758)
Jun 21st (1246) Jul 19th (1128)
Aug 16th (1016) Sep 20th (1358)
Oct 18th (1327) Nov 15th (1216)
For those that have their own transport high tides have been given. Any cancellations will be on Newstalk 1ZB before the first ferry sailing. There will be times when additional working bees will be needed to complete a scheduled job. So to all members who may occasionally have a day to spare we would love to have your company. Not every job requires a special skill; we have a range of tasks both inside and outside that just require time.

Materials List
Even with all the generous donations we still need various bits and pieces. Allan has compiled the list below that is needed to almost complete Bach 38.
60' 4x2 H3, 60' 3x2 H3, 4 sheets 2400x1200x12mm tanalised plywood, 74' 50x25 top capping, 20' 150x25 barge board, 28' 8x1 barge board, flashings & fasteners, 73 lengths of 100x25x3150 T&G flooring preferably rimu, 4x 15" T hinges, safe lock, safe door knob, screws, 9x54"x3.5 T&G, 10' 4x4 H3, Nails: jolthead - 100, 75 & 50mm; flathead - 60, 50 & 40mm. Paint: interior/exterior undercoat, interior finish, exterior white, polyurethane satin, grey concrete, weatherboard primer & finishing and roof paint. 3 bags cement, scrubbing brush, squeezy mop, soft broom, exterior broom, paint scrapers and cleaning materials.

If you have anything, give Allan a ring and he will arrange collection.

John Walsh has been working hard on this project and letters have gone out for the consultation part of the permit requirements. We hope to meet with DoC representatives before Xmas and put the final touches to the document, tie up any loose ends and put it in for processing.

Sad Farewells
It was with a great sadness we heard that Grace Wells passed away recently. Our condolences to her family and friends. Grace was a long-time leaseholder at Rangitoto Wharf and well-known identity.

Project Crimson
Project Crimson is opening a 'Crimson Trail' on Rangitoto Island on the 14th December. Crimson Trails are a series of walks throughout the North and South Islands designed to encourage Kiwis to get out and enjoy NZ's native Christmas Trees, the pohutukawa and rata. We applaud Project Crimson on their initiatives to regenerate the pohutukawa and rata forests and wish them all the best for the Crimson Trails.

YOUR COMMITTEE - Don't hesitate to ring any of them if you have any questions, need brochures etc.

Elizabeth Andrew - 634 1398 Newsletters,
Shirley Collins - 279 9819 Treasurer,
Membership and Wharf rep,
Susan Yoffe - 445 1894 Archives,
Hilary Noall - 418 4920 Islington Bay rep,
Lois Eagles - 480 5989 Beacon End rep,
Allan Godsall - 634 0161 Maintenance,
John Walsh - 844 8875 Chairman,
Jim Mason - 4466228 Patron.

Fishing Competition
The competition held Labour Weekend was postponed due to extremely inclement weather and those who did go fishing caught NOTHING! So you have a second chance on………
Tuesday 31st December
Start Time: 10am sharp.
Finish Time: 12 noon sharp.
Judging: 12.30pm followed by lunch.
Auction: All fish will be auctioned.
Rules: Two lines per person.
Fishing between Iliomana Light and Target Point only. If using a boat must have appropriate lifejackets etc. (ARC bylaws apply). No undersized fish allowed.
Who: Members and families, friends and especially children.
What to bring for afterwards: The BBQ will be available for lunch.
Prizes: Best Story- Booby Prize; Largest Snapper- Buchanan Trophy; Longest Fish-Pennant; Most Fish- RICHT Trophy.
Children's prizes donated by 'Gone Fishin'.
Aim: To have fun, do what we used to do, involve the children and meet each other.

Wishing all our Members a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.