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Feb 4th, 2008
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Rangitoto is Auckland's closest volcano island, and your best bet to climbing up a volcano after a jet lagged day. It is also your best bet as far as exercise goes. It is a shield volcano, so there is no spectacular cone, but there is a 260 meter high crater that you can walk up to. There are no inhabitants in the island apart from tourists, which migrate to the island every morning and (hopefully) leave late every afternoon. If you don't leave with the last boat, you are stranded.

Ferry services take you across to the island, and offer some of the best views of Auckland



The track up takes 45 minutes and is well maintained, but you do get to see some volcanic terrain on the way.



Even though the walk is only 45 minutes, I was starting to feel a bit of pain on the way. The jet lag was bad, and the last few weeks have been spent walking around cities with virtually no elevation gain. Made me wonder how we're gonna be able to do 10 hours a day climbing later on during the trip. The crater itself is all covered in bushes and trees, but is obvious to see:



There is a splendid view from the top



These little birds were pestering everyone who climbed to the top, trying to steal my pack of pringles





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