to stay in Auckland
to do in Auckland
the Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb
you visit Auckland three things seem to dominate the horizon.
you are in the central area then the obelisk-topped One
Tree Hill, sadly now without the tree, is the thing to catch
the city or North Shore the inspiring point of the Auckland
Sky Tower jumps out at you and, if you are on the harbour or
an inner city beach, then the majesty of the extinct volcano Rangitoto
is hard to beat.
is a dormant - probably extinct - giant and last erupted some 600
was created over several years of volcanic activity and now sits
at 260 metres high.
island and its very near neighbour Motutapu are some 10 kilometres
to the north of the downtown area and can easily reached by ferry.
service runs daily and is reasonably priced at just under $40 for
an adult and two children.
the ferry on Auckland Harbour is a very pleasant journey and in
summer you will be struck by the number of boats out on the water.
at the village of Devonport along the
way the entire journey takes about 20 minutes. It's too short as
far as I am concerned.
on Rangitoto you will have plenty of tracks to choose from for a
walk around the island but the most popular would have to be the
one that takes you directly to the top of the volcano.
warned the scoria-trewn path is a little hard to walk on and while
I saw people in thongs and flip-flops make the journey, a good pair
of runners or walking shoes is the way to go.
you do need to take your own water up to the top so take a bottle
or two on hot days.
lazy, time sensitive or unfit people there is a four-wheel drive
trailer that can take you up to the summit. This would have been
my preferred mode of transport - with two children beside me - but
one promotion got the time wrong so ... it was walkies time.
walk will take about 45 minutes, or quicker if you push yourself.
Along the way you can see waves of scoria surrounding your path.
it has to be said the 360-degree views from the top of Rangitoto
Island are marvellous.
on Rangitoto are some wonderfully quaint beach houses and lava caves.
advice is to get to the island in the morning, make your climb,
then hang out for the next ferry, the last of which leaves at 5pm.