|How Rangitoto was formed|
Today however was a gorgeous day here, sunny, warm, and light breezes. We checked out and then booked the ferry to Rangitoto island, a dormant volcano island that was formed only 600 years ago. Pictured below is an explanation of the formation of Rangitoto. From a hike perspective the summit crater is 268 M above sea level and 2.5 kms from the pier. Within an hr. we were at the top, viewing both the crater and views to both the south and back at Auckland which has a nice skyline.
|Hike to the Summit|
|Quail and Chicks|
On the way back down we detoured to the lava caves
|Inside using Flash|
Our travel companion on the way over was a micro-biologist from Pocatello, Idaho who had just finished presenting at a conference in Rotorua. One of our next stops on our NZ excursion. He had some very interesting observations in comparing Rotorua to Yellowstone from a micro-biology standpoint, and, was very interested in the climate change effects that we had learned about on the Great Barrier Reef.