Not a great nights sleep but we were up & out at a reasonable hour on Friday to catch the ferry over to Rangitoto Island, the youngest of the volanoes around Auckland at around 600 years old. It’s an interesting place, black lava makes up bulk of the island & you can witness the colonisation of this inhospitable landscape by mosses and hardy trees. This creates little patches of vegetation which slowly grow into each other & wll continue to do so until the island is covered in forest. There are also little Baches dotted around the place & the remains of a military outpost used during the world wars. The summit offers views around the bay over to Auckland, north shore, & the other islands inclusing Waiheke. We also poked around in some of the lava caves – formed by the outer crust solidifying & the molten lower layers draining away. We were back at the pier in good time to catch the last ferry back to the mainland where after a last minute Christmas Eve shop we headed back to the hostel, unfortunately too late for carols at the Cathedral. We has a fairly festive evening with a bottle
Unfortunately Mark has passed on the cold be brought from the UK to me – feels like a mix of a cold & flu as my throat feels raw, I’m sniffing a little bit but not much (yet) but my head hurts like hell & I feel achey & slightly feverish. Great. Just what I wanted for Christmas. It had better clear up before we start our Australia adventure as the last thing I want is to have spent all that money & then feel like crap!
I'm just an ecologist,, SFF fan and rainbow loving gal who wishes she had more time & money for travelling!
Born & bred in the UK I grew up with summer holidays to remote corners of this isle and my memories of these trips involve scrambling up mountains in the rain! Great times! I am fascinated by the natural world around us, by all the amazing creatures that share it with us & the ways they & their habitats fit together.
Having finished my PhD in Ecology in 2010 I set off to see Australia & New Zealand for several months to escape! This blog began then, I've missed several UK based h... full info