View from the Top (iii)
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Rangitoto is a Maori name, "rangi" meaning sky, and "toto" meaning red, or blood.
This is the 13th in a series on Rangitoto, Auckland’s newest volcano.
I know the distance isn’t too clear – but hey, it’s the best my dear little Sony would do!! And it was a hazy day. This view is facing west, over to Auckland City.
Rangitoto is simply the latest of some 48 or so volcanoes (maybe 60), which have erupted across the Auckland isthmus, mostly in the past 10,000-50,000 years. Looking at the photo – every hill you can see will be an extinct volcano, apart from the Waitakere Ranges way in the distance. On the very left you can see Mt Eden (Maungawhau). At the head of the harbour on the left is another volcano – North Head (Takapuna)and just to the right of that is Mt Victoria (Takarunga). Both those are in Devonport on the North Shore. Just between Mt Eden and the Sky City tower is another hill, Mt Albert (Owairaka).
Now Rangitoto is coloured a grey-green when viewed from the city but its volcanic origin is strikingly clear when the visitor steps ashore onto the rugged basalt reefs and scoria fields of the island.
Rangi can be seen from just about everywhere in Auckland, so that means, that from Rangi, we can see just about everywhere in Auckland. Rangitoto is also the largest and highest of all the volcanoes in Auckland. It is also the most conspicuous.
There are wonderful views of Auckland City to the Sky Tower, across the Harbour Bridge and up along the East Coast Bays. On a nice day the land looks fresh and green, and the water sparkles. Unfortunately this day wasn’t too clear, but it was fun. There's really nothing like being out on the Hauraki Gulf on a clear day: fresh air, sunshine, and the taste of salt in the atmosphere. And if you want the view without the walk, there's always the tractor-pulled road train that will take you to the summit for an extra $19. I wonder if that would be best for Greg?
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DateTime - 2005:02:22 12:50:23
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Cropped, saturated and sharpened.
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- [2005-03-07 4:09]
Great landscape Janice! I see SkyTower and big bridge - what is this? Cloudy sky and green forest made the picture! TFS!
- [2005-03-07 4:20]
That's a great shot you got there Janice, wonderful landscape, yes, SkyTower and Habour bridge can be seen too.. :) very nice.. :) Thanks for sharing.
Wonderful photo Janice! Great landscape. Did you see our way today morning? I love NZ!
- [2005-03-07 4:55]
After your serie I really want to visit Rangitoto:)
You'd written "rangi" meaning sky, and "toto" meaning red, or blood.I prefer ''toto'' meaning red so I think you should post a view at sunset,too.It will be very suitable for name of Rangitoto:)
Gosh Janice...you know your city very well.I went to school in Auckland.I know the English names odf all the volcanos,but hadn't heard all the Maori names.
Further to the left would be Mt Hobson,One Tree Hill,Mt Wellington,and Mt Roskill,to name a few.
The Waitemata can get so rough.I was crewing on a 30ft yacht (easterly) once when a squall blew in.The skipper went below for a drink and left his son and I to sail the yacht.It was a bit scary but we did ok....Talk about in at the deep end!
- [2005-03-07 12:32]
It's a fantastic photo Janice,
This had be a very good lpace fore a LP shot, The first thing what I did when I saw this shot was click on it, but did not go open. oeps. The view is very good taken, the point of view is nice, the depth is great, and I love those clouds, very good job