Friday, January 8, 2010

Waiheke and Rangitoto on board of Timetama

Yesterday we left Auckland early to catch the ferry for Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf. Our friends from the yacht Timetama were waiting for us in Orapiu, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, known by the locals as the 'far end'.

Golly, kids have so much instead...

More feet, the kids...

me again...

A bay to spend the night.

The morning after we went to Rangitoto Island which is also the largest of about 50 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field. It erupted from the sea around 600 years ago (now it is extinct). Rangitoto is linked by a natural causeway to the much older, non-volcanic Motutapu Island.

THe red flowers are pohutukawa (also known as the the New Zealand Christmas Tree, or flower) and Rangitoto has the largest pohutukawa forest in NZ.

The lava flows left this black basaltic rock, which makes up 95 per cent of this roughly circular island, five kilometres across.

Back to Auckland

Sorry, no recipe this time, at home we just made simple spaghetti with spinach, butter and parmesan, drunk soy milk and ate chocolate ice cream...and the kids are now in bed ;-).

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Dear Alessandra..first of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! make me cry with this astonishing photos!!!Here in Milan is rainig, sadly raining...I can also look at your photos and dream :D
    Big hug

  2. Well here is summer, also dreaming is good and dreams do came true, so Happy New Year to you Saretta!

  3. Cara Alessandra,
    che belle foto, che bel mare e che bella natura: viene davvero voglia di visitarla questa New Zealand...
    Un abbraccio

  4. What gorgeous photos. I especially loved the ones of the lagoon. I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday.

  5. What a beautiful getaway !

    Wishing you a fabulous 2010 :)

  6. Thank you all for the comments! :-)

    Giuseppina, che bello vederti qui, spero che mi visiterai ancora!


  7. Thank you for the visit Kate, and great recipe, as always! Great that you can do it all, with baby and everything. Well done, brava!


  8. We always took our overseas guests to Rangitoto Island and drank a bottle of champagne when we reached the top.



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