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Gondola ride to top of Rangitoto Island proposed by Auckland iwi

A proposal for zipline and gondola rides to Rangitoto Island's summit has been put forward by Auckland iwi.

James Brown, chair of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki told NZ Herald, "We want to make these iconic landscapes accessible so a zipline is possible and also a gondola." Mr Bown's also suggested a ski-lift to the top of the Hauraki Gulf island as an alternative.

The proposed ride would run from a location near Islington Bay to around the volcano's summit.

"There's no better way to get the elderly, injured and impaired to that iconic destination that only the fit and healthy and enjoy," Mr Brown said of the idea.

A relationship agreement was signed between iwi and The Department of Conservation on Wednesday.

Ngarimu Blair, a rangatira of Ngāti Whātua Orākei, has also backed the iwi plans, telling NZ Herald, "exciting ventures are in the pipeline".

A 20 to 22-bedroom lodge and a cycle tour venture are also planned for neighbouring Motutapu Island. Mr Brown said work on the lodge, - that's projected to cost up to $17 million - might start in the next three years.

Rangitoto Island. Source: istock.com