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Day 3: Rangitoto & Waiheke Islands

August 25, 2008

Today we awoke at 4:30 am, which is not bad considering it is our second day in New Zealand.  We can’t seem to figure out why, but we have almost ZERO jet lag.  I don’t think we would have even awoke at 4:30 had we not gone to bed at 6:30 the evening prior.  Even when we were in England and Italy, a relatively short trip in comparison, we woke up at 2am for at least 4 days.  Interesting…..hopefully the trend will continue.  We went for breakfast at 8am, which is a combination of eggs, waffles, fruit, bacon, and muffins, then caught the 9:15 ferry to Rangitoto Island.  Rangitoto is an island about 10 minutes off the coast of Devonport, with a population of 105.  No amenities, just old lava.  It was a volcano, that is now dormant.  What does this translate into?  If you get lost-too bad.  Nice knowing you.  We set off on a hike to the summit that is about 1 mile each way-straight up.  It took about an hour each way and that is taking the hike at a good clip.  It was strenuous.  I am sure a year ago, it would have been a piece of cake, but in the last year my fitness level has gone to that of someone who eats bags of HoHo’s for lunch.  The views at the summit were beautiful.  Totally worth all the shin splints and hammie pulls.  We caught the 12:45 ferry back to Devonport to catch the 1:10 ferry to Waiheke Island.  This is the island I have been waiting to see for 2 months.  Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment.  Since they do not observe daylight savings here for sustainability reasons, there is only about 10 hours of sunlight per day-starting at 7am.  So it is dark by 5 meaning, everything closes at 4:30.  We arrived at 2.  We had a great lunch at a cafe by the ocean, so at least the ambiance was good.  It was a really nice island, but better served during high season, where there are a few more hours of sunlight to be had.  We made our way back to Devonport to settle in and nurse our wounds from the day.  We have figured out why the beds are heated.  Everything here is so activity oriented that if you turn on the full body heating pad when you sleep, you are never sore.  As unfit as I am, I have not been in pain yet.  I swear it is the heated mattress……

Lava Field on Rangitoto Island

Top of the Summit Rangitoto Island

 

Waiheke Island

Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    August 25, 2008 8:57 pm

    The sights are gorgeous glad you are having a great vacation. I can hear the ocean waves in the pictures of Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island.
    Keep up the pictures and enjoy the write ups. Love Ya

  2. Princess Consuela B.H. permalink
    August 28, 2008 9:51 pm

    Hello from Missouri!! I’m so glad the jet lag isn’t bothering you much. I’m off to keep reading.

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