Rangitoto Island - Volcano

Trip Start Dec 06, 2007
Trip End Jan 08, 2008

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

We were up early and on the Ferry for 9:15 am this morning for a full day hike of Rangitoto Island.  Rangitoto was an active volcano about 600 years ago.  The entire island is the result of the volcano pushing up through the water near Auckland. 

Lucky for us it was overcast, this is the best conditions as the 'Scoria' gets quite hot in the sun and radiates the heat.  We first hiked around the shoreline before the ascent to the top.  Sarah was the smart one and suggested we bring lunch to the top - which all the other visitors seemed to also be doing.  At the top we walked the crater edge.  Along our descent we checked out the Lava Caves - and of course realized at that point we had forgotten to bring the flashlights!!! So between Sarahs cell phone face and Matts flash of the camera and LCD light from his knapsack we set off into the darkness.....  all hanging on to each others shirts.....There were long stringy things hanging from the top of the caves.  Then Dustin pointed out that something looked like a glowing eyeball!?!?!!?  Sarah explained to us they are gloworms....I didn't hang around to look at them in detail!?!!??!

Enjoy the pics...!
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