Auckland - 6-12 December 2012


COROMANDEL PENINSULA

Kopu, gateway to the Coromandel.


Hot Water Beach.


If you dig in the right place, the result is your very own spa on the beach as hot springs come up through the sand.


All great things start from humble beginnings.


It was an impressive hole we dug but we failed to hit the jackpot as the water was lukewarm at best :(


This is how it's done...notice the steam rising up from the sand.


Kuaotunu.


Waiau Falls.


Motueka Island.


Cathedral Cove and Te Hoho Rock.


Capturing the moment.




The Thames coast.



AUCKLAND CITY

The city of Auckland from the water.


Sky Tower getting into the Xmas spirit.


Auckland Harbour Bridge.


Vector Arena, home of the reigning champion New Zealand Breakers.




RANGITOTO ISLAND

Rangitoto Island is the product of underwater volcanic eruptions 600 years ago.


"Tramping" Rangitoto.


The destination...the summit of the volcano.


A look inside the crater.


View of Auckland from inside a World War II observation post.


Volcanic rock and some of Rangitoto's vegetation.


McKenzie Bay.




WAITEKERE RANGES REGIONAL PARK

Lion Rock at Piha.


Glen Esk Stream.


Kitekite Falls.


Anawhata Beach.


Rangitoto Island and Auckland from Mt Pukematekeo.


Lower Huia Reservoir and the Manukau Harbour.