Kia ora! We are now in New Zealand, after a pleasant flight from Sydney. We had a fantastic first day, Sunday, with warm weather and sunny skies. We took the ferry out to Rangitoto island, a small volcano which popped up out of the harbor only 600 years ago. Read on!
There is evidence that Maori were living on the island right next door, judging by their footprints in the ash layers. Now, the hike is a curious mixture of forest and open fields of jagged jumbled aa lava. The forest is amazingly mature for such a young volcano, but the neatest trees (to me) were the tree ferns… imagine ferns the size of trees!
The kids had a great time staring down the crater and, later, crawling through lava caves.
From the top there is a panoramic view of Auckland harbor and indeed most of the coastline to the north. On this beautiful day, the harbor was filled with sailboats, reminding us why Auckland is called the City of Sails (and the one-time home of the America’s Cup).
The next day Pam took the kids to an amusement park while I visited the University of Auckland to give a talk.
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