Rangitoto Volcanic Island and Auckland
Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
92Trip End Dec 27, 2007
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volcanic fireworks that accompanied it inspired local Maori tribes to
call it 'Sky of Blood'.
We got up early and picked up a McMuffin for breakfast on the way to the ferry
We arrived on the island just before 10am and decided to do the walk up to the summit first. It was tiring but great and we passed the lava caves as well as some amazing rock formations and huge pohutukawa forests on the way. The spectacular views that met us at the top made the last struggle certainly worth the effort and once we had taken that all in we decided to head off on another tramp. This time to a place called ´boulder bay´ on the map....we weren´t quite sure how far away this was or what it was like, but we were up for the challenge....or were we?
After trekking over mountains of black volcanic rock for just under an hour and following a very unclear path....we reached Ship Wreck Bay. This is a bay where ships were deliberately brought to be ´wrecked´ and although we found it interesting we shuddered at the thought of having to go back exactly the same way we had come as there were no other paths out of there! So after resting and taking a couple of photos we sat down in Ship Wreck Bay and had the snacks and water we had brought along...that cheered me up!
That night we had dinner in the foodhall near the cinemas as we had bought tickets to see ´´Stardust´´- time to chill out after a long day of trekking. The movie was really good and I managed to stay awake for the WHOLE THING which is pretty damn incredible!
The next day in Auckland we had a ´´maintainance´´ day, as I like to call them, where we had to get some ´´things´´ done. We had to get our backpacks ready for another long-haul flight which means a lot of squashing!! Greg went and had his haircut whilst I wandered around a nearby market (obviously essential!). Greg was lucky enough to walk into a Barber Shop which was actually a ´´training school´ which meant that his haircut was for free. The young girl doing it did take a whole hour to finish it and Greg said he felt strange having people coming up and giving her instructions and advice every now and then....so check out his new style in the photos after Auckland and see whether you think it was worth the $5 donation he gave her! We had a last Starbucks in New Zealand before calling for a taxi to take us to the airport- and off to the vast expanse of South America.