Having explored much of the city on foot we decided to set our sights further afield. We caught a ferry from downtown Auckland ferry port to Devonport where we walked along the promenade to the naval museum. We went around the museum and then explored the hidden existing naval tunnels around the headland. We then marched back to the main high street by the ferry port where we devoured some rather English fish and chips sat by the sea front waiting for the next ferry.
We caught the ferry to Rangitoto at midday and after around a 25 minute journey we arrived at islington bay wharf. We swiftly set off on foot up the stony tracks leading to the Rangitoto volcano summit. After an hours climb in the sunshine we had reached the summit and were met with the most breathtaking views. The island was surrounded by tranquil turquoise water and provided distant views of Auckland and the neighbouring island Waiheke. Although the walk up had been tough, our descent back down the volcano was quick and aided by a tube of smarties and a bottle of water.
Still jet lagged we returned off the ferry in Auckland and wearily carried ourselves back to the hostel. I wanted to get a good nights sleep in ahead of the excitement of picking up our camper tomorrow.