Well my Thai (not Vietnamese) room mate was not bad after all, I found that he had previously worked in Melbourne last year and really enjoyed it. His english language skills were ok but definatley needed improvement and his enthusiasm for trying to find a job was great. Nice chap but didn’t want to spend the night talking!

After my escapades up the sky tower I had walked around the harbour etc and generally got to know my way around. I had asked the hostel where there are any cheap and cheerful bars that also did food! I was advised to go to a bar called ‘Electric’ down Queens Street that was geared towards travellers. Off I went for a good 10 minute walk for a pizza and a few beers! After 6 beers and reaching midnight I thought it best to head back to my rather indulgent smelly room and talk to Yak, my Thai roomy.

I arose this morning at around 6.30 on the premise of visiting Rangitoto Island and climbing the dormant volcano. I was showered changed and sitting in Starbucks within an hour! I jumped on the boat around 9.15, it was cold, raining and windy. The boat ride is about 45 minutes and it drops you off at a really remote area. Rangitoto sits ‘majestically just off the Auckland coast, this unique volcanic island boasts a fascinating landscape of rugged lava crops, lush native bush and sandy coves. Rangitoto is a public reserve, managed by the Department of Conservation.’

Rangitoto literally means ‘bloody sky’ in Maori, but it is derived from the phrase “Te Ranghi i totongia Tamatekapua” – “the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed”, a reference to the injury of a chief during a battle fought on the island.

The views from the top are something else and was well worth the 1 1/2 slog to the top. What I wouldn’t recommend is carrying 13kg of weight on your back! I was sweating like a biatch. I’ve added photos that I have taken with my iPhone…

Much love