December 27th, 2009 – by: soletraveller
Sail off Viaduct Habour, heading to Rangitoto Island
I caught the early bird ferry to Rangitoto Island, which saves $10 for return fare. Rangitoto Island is highly recommended by my kiwi mate. She told me that she's been there three times. I didn't know anything about the island except no shop there, so I brought a big bottle of water and a pack of chips in my backpack. Of course I had my camera fully charged the night before. When the ferry sailing off, everyone started to take photos. Around half an hour's time, we were arrived at Rangitoto wharf. We have no guide introduce anything. I have wondered around the wharf area, tooked a couple of pictures. Then following other people I started to climb. My shoes were worn out during the hiking/climbing. Somewhere down the trail, it was really steep and slippery. My first time climbing volcano cone.
I wasn't a keen climber and haven't done any exercise for more than 3 months. Finally I reached the submit where has a good spot to view whole Auckland
city. I was really exhausted. I have a bit rest and just realized climbing down is much more harder than climbing up. I chosed a different path to go down to the wharf, thought it might be not as steep as the way I came up. 5mins down the trail, I saw the sign says 3&1/2hrs to Rangitoto wharf. That's unbelievably time consuming. I wanted to catch the 12:45pm ferry back. If it really takes that long time, I won't be able to make it. So I started to run, only slow down if it was steep and hard to walk. That up and down hilly path was really narrow and bushy, somewhere down the trail was very dark.
There was a black staff covered by some grass, I thought it was a dead animal at first, then when I walked closer, it was actually a huge black stone. I took a deep breath and continuing walking. After walking and running half an hour's time, I found there's nobody behind me, and no one in front of me. I started to worry if I went on the right track. It's a bit risky that I don't have a sim card with me. If I happened to walked down to a dead end, I don't know how long it will take to go back. I might missed the ferry and starve to death. I cannot contact anyone to rescue me. I have to encourage myself keep going no matter what. Another 10-15min, I saw a guy climbing towards me, and he doesn't look like went to the wrong way and walked back. This tells me it is the right way.
Restaurant at Mission Bay
After another 2 hours time, I finally reached the Rangitoto wharf. Hooray! Just waiting for the ferry to come. Later on, I found my feet were sore and numb, I cannot feel my feet. It took me 2 days to rest out my injured feet.
I took a bus to Mission Bay in the evening. One colleague who used to live North shore suggested me to go there and check out. Those friends of my roommate have all got sunburnt, because they spent too much time playing on the beach. My roommate call them red devil. That colour really looks like the BBQ pork hanging in the Chinese restaurant. I thought the average temperature in Auckland was 22C in the summer time, would not be that hot. Obviously I was wrong.
Shops at Mission Bay
The bus goes along Tamaki Dr and reach Mission Bay. Night scene around Mission Bay is beautiful, and some fancy restaurants and bars just cross road. Lots of cars parking around. It was around 9pm, lots of kids were still playing football on the beach. Some were walking in the fountain pool, some were having picnic and relaxing. I walked down the beach with bare foot, feeling the cooling sand. Later I went across the road, brought an icecream at Mövenpick. While I was taking photos, 2 buses passed by. I thought the bus were running pretty frequently at night time. However, when I walked to the bus stop and checked timetable, I realized that I have to wait another 50min to catch the last bus. That was close, almost missed last bus.