New Zealand is full of stunning views – beautiful native bush; amazing mountains; incredible oceans. It’s great for our movie industry – but it’s even better for those of us living here amongst it every day. For all of that, it’s easy to take it for granted.
In Auckland, we have the Hauraki Gulf in our back yard, and I decided to give Hylas a surprise treat for his birthday last Sunday. I booked us on a harbour cruise, which would take us out into the gulf, stop briefly on Rangitoto Island (one of the many volcanos in Auckland, but certainly the most recently active), and cruise back under the Harbour Bridge.
He has his new camera with him, and I was hopeful that we might just possibly grab a scavenger hunt picture or two …
As it turned out, I’d booked even better than I knew – Hylas, despite living in Auckland for many years, had never set foot on Rangitoto Island! (Yes, I was appalled to hear this. I first visited when I was nine, and most recently when I was a teenager.) While our ship was only pausing for about ten minutes, we made the most of it, immediately disembarking and walking around the coastline past the few baches still remaining.
We were not the only ones having a look around, and there were many other people on the island as well. So when we saw a trail wandering up into the bush, we promptly took it…
Just out of sight of the coastline, the baches, and the tourists, we grabbed some photos. And then it was time to scurry back to the ship before we headed off back into the smooth waters of the Waitemata. But we will definitely be back, for a proper look-around, a climb to the top – and an opportunity to knock off some geocaches in the process, perhaps.
Did you catch the click-throughs?