It is 4pm on Tuesday, and I just sent Mia off to the airport. This past week flew! We crammed in as much as we absolutely could, and had an amazing week! On Saturday, we took the ferry to Waiheke Island to go zip lining and it was a blast. However, we were in a rush to get back to the ferry afterwards because we had tickets to the Blues rugby game that night in Auckland. The Blues won, which made sitting in the freezing cold a little more worth it, and by the time the day was over we were exhausted!
On Sunday we took the ferry to Rangitoto Island, which is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. Although it erupted almost 600 years ago, it is the only volcano in NZ that still has the potential to erupt again. We spent about five hours on the island, hiking to the summit, walking around the massive crater, and we even were brave enough to crawl through some of the old lava caves!
Monday was the Queen’s birthday, so I had the full day off from classes. Since we didn’t get to explore Waiheke like Mia had hoped, we decided to take the ferry back over for the day. There we went to two different vineyards and experienced their famous wine tastings. We ate dinner on the island, and unfortunately missed our ferry back, so we had to stick around in the terminal for an extra hour and a half.
This morning we took the bus to Mt. Eden, which is only about a fifteen minute ride away. There we hiked up a much older and much smaller volcano, where we got a cool 360 degree view of Auckland below.
Now it is time to buckle down and start thinking about finals! Only three more days of classes are left of the semester, and then exams begin! Seeing Mia made me miss my friends from home even more, but in about ten days, Jess will be here!