Wednesday, June 22, 2011
After staring at Rangitoto, or in Maori "bloody sky," for the past eight weeks while at home, in school, and out on the town, I was finally able to travel to the volcanic island to explore its lava crops and native "bush" this past Saturday afternoon.
The island, a public reserve managed by the NZ Department of Conservation, erupted from the sea around 600 years ago. It is the youngest island on the Hauraki Gulf, and the last and largest volcano to be formed in the Auckland volcanic field.
this time around. Fortunately, Rangitoto surrounded me with New Zealand's largest Pohutakawa forest and over 200 native species of plants (including 40 species of ferns!). Close enough to Lord of the Rings...
What to look forward during my last weekend in New Zealand :(
3 Day bus trip to the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga