Blogs from Rangitoto, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto November 27th 2016

I'm still getting the hang of this travel blog business. If I'm sending too many entries, feel free to skip them. I missed posting yesterday, so I'm going to post two blogs today. Once again, I am yielding to the temptation of publishing the color sketches of Rangitoto Island. It may take a few days to get off of Rangitoto Island since I took 196 pictures here. I have subdivided them into Color Sketches, Landscapes, Seascapes, Black & Whites, Flowers, and Flowers. I will try to limit each blog to 25 images or fewer. If that's too many, let me know.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto November 27th 2016

I found some beautiful flowers on the Rangitoto Island Preserve.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto April 1st 2016

Finally arrived in Auckland, New Zealand after traveling from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. Needless to say, with a total trip time of 33 hours, including a 13 hour flight from San Francisco, I was quite travel-worn. Day 1 was slow, just walking around Auckland enjoying not having to wear a jacket. It was 20 C. The day before in Canada around 0 C. On day two the pace quickened a bit with a trip to Rangitoto Island. This is the largest volcano in the Auckland area and only a brief 25 minute ferry ride from Auckland. Numerous trails are available to hike; the most popular being the Summit Trail to the top. The hike takes about 60 to 90 minutes to the top. The trail is actually a road and you pass the unique lava fields ... read more
Sky Tower Auckland
Start Point for hike to summit
Lava Fields

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto March 29th 2016

Having arrived in Christchurch in the dark I find myself leaving in the dark too as I have an early morning flight to catch back to Auckland on North Island. It feels really sad to be leaving South Island behind. I've had such an amazing time, seen pristine, stunning scenery, kayaked on a glacier lake, cruised on the stupendous Milford Sound, seen more cute kiwis, hiked to see glaciers teetering on the edges of mountains seemingly about to slide off, rode the trams in Christchurch, seen amazing wildlife on the Otago peninsual from yellow eyed penguins to hooker sealions and royal albatross. Oh my, it's been so awesome. But home I have to go and Auckland is my first stop before an evening flight heading off to Beijing. BUT I do have a whole day left ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto April 21st 2015

Getting out to LAX was a breeze. LAX, I can say I officially hate. Large airport, terrible signage, smoggy smelly air, Nicest TSA I've ever met, but sucks to fly international. You have to go out of the airport, take a bus then back through security to catch your plane. Just glad I don't have to do that often. We arrived into Auckland Airport about 8 am on Monday the 20th. The staff and customs are really nice. They even joked and teased. We made a quick call on the pay "tele" to the cab company. Within 40 minutes of arriving we had our luggage, went through customs, got a local phone number and had a driver calling us by name and placing our bags into the trunk of his car. We are staying at a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto October 12th 2014

A 30 minutes de ferry, les deux îles Rangitoto et Motutapu sont des lieux de communion avec la nature. Rangitoto est l'île la plus récente de l'archipel, issue d'une éruption volcanique il y a plus de 600 ans. Il est encore possible de visiter les champs de lave ainsi que des caves qui permettent d'apprécier ce havre de paix à quelques kilomètres d'Auckland. L'île étant protégée, la nature s'impose comme bon lui semble, il n'est donc pas possible de circuler librement sur tout le territoire. Une fois le sommet atteint, une vue incroyable vous transporte aux alentours d'Auckland. Juxtaposé, Motutapu nous délivre un contraste incroyable. Cette île est une des plus anciennes d'Auckland datant du Jurassique. Des plaines d'herbes à pertes de vue, une absence de bruit total. Seul celui des vagues en contre bas est ... read more
Rangitoto & Motutapu
Direction le sommet du volcan

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto February 12th 2014

Kia Ora from my first stop in New Zealand - Auckland! New Zealand is a place I never hear bad reviews about so I am so excited to travel here. I stayed in Auckland for a couple of days before my South Island trip. Coming from Melbourne, where it was 40 degrees, I was prepared wearing my jeans and coat for the big drop in temperature- the mid twenties! I don't know what I was thinking because it was actually really warm (how surprising!). I arrived at my hostel and checked in to my 6-bed dorm. Myself and Stu didn't stay in dorms whilst we travelled around Asia so I think they are going to take some getting used to. I have stayed in dorms before on other holidays but I forgot how little space I ... read more
Walking through Rangitoto
Beautiful spider web

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto February 19th 2013

A cloudy start this am, but the sun was out in strength. Bit of a thick head so a large coffee on Quay Street whilst waiting for the ferry to Ragitoto Island was in order. Left the port under the shadow of the huge cruise liner the Queen Victoria. Great sights to take in from the ferry. As we dock at Rangitoto Island Wharf the skipper announces that the last return boat of the day is at three thirty and not to miss it otherwise it'll be a long cold night. Rangitoto is a volcanic nature reserve with a landscape of lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. It's the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. Starting on the south coast I set off for a coastal bush walk to Mckenzie Bay ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto April 9th 2011

Trotz Rotznase und Husten hieß es am Samstag mit meiner Mitbewohnerin Lisa: Auf zur Vulkaninsel des Rangitoto! Die liegt wenige Kilometer vor der Küste Aucklands und ist in nur 25 Minuten mit der Fähre zu erreichen. Schon die Überfahrt war schön - mit tollem Blick auf die Skyline von Auckland. Auf Rangitoto angekommen begann dann der Aufstieg. Ringsherum nur schwarzes Lavagestein und die Sonne von oben. Wir sind ganz schön ins Schwitzen gekommen! Natürlich ist es aber beeindruckend, dass all das vor erst 600 Jahren beim letzten Vulkanausbruch entstanden ist... Nach einer kurzen Rast entschieden wir uns zu einem Abstecher zu den Lavahöhlen. Dass man dazu eine Taschenlampe hätte mitbringen müssen, haben wir erst hinterher im Reiseführer gelesen :) Und genau darum hat Lisa jetzt eine Beule am Kopf! Sie war so darauf konzentriert, sich nicht ... read more
Der Boden schaut aus wie frisch gepflügt, ist aber schwarzes Lavagestein.
Tolle Ausblicke.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto December 30th 2009

Rangitoto another small island a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. It is actually the largest and youngest volcanic crater in the Auckland volcanic field and there is no doubting that once you arrive as that is what the atmosphere is about hot, dry and empty. I recommend wearing at least trainers and you have to bring your own water and food. The walking is not particularly strenuous but you want to be comfortable. There are also lava caves to explore so if you are up for that bring a flash light. We decided to take the early morning ferry as it was a sunny day and we had a feeling it might get busy. We were pretty right as lots of people had the same idea as us! The ferry's though are pretty big and ... read more
The Ferry
View to Auckland
The Summit

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