Auckland, New Zealand
4th November 2019

My stay in Auckland has been really nice, but the Airbnb was only ever for one week so that Izzy and I could get over the jetlag before living out of our tent. We travel to our new home on the 5th (which has happened already as I write this, but stick with me...) so I set out to make the most of my final few days in Auckland - for now. With a handful of sights to see and not long to see them, I decided to take a long scenic run. This probably wasn't the world's best idea since it was just the day after running a personal best 5km in the Western Springs parkrun, which was a surprise to me since I ran the second half of it really steady as not to tire myself out too much. But, if I was going to see the sights before leaving, and without paying $50 (25) for an e-scooter for the day then it was the only way. I set off into the city, along the coast towards Misson Bay. A cute but busy beach with an unimpeded view of Rangitoto Island. Then, I cut back towards the city to climb three dormant volcanoes - Mount Hobson, Cornwall Park and Mount Eden. Three fairly tall hills right in the middle of the city. All said it was a 36km run taken at a nice leisurely pace. I stuck around on Mount Eden for an hour to watch the sunset, which was stunning.

I will be sad to leave Auckland but there are many more rural places to explore and I will definitely come back here before too long.

The long run around beaches and volcanoes
Looking back at Auckland
Monument standing above Mission Bay
Mount Hobson
Cool tree on the ascent of Cornwall Park (Maungakiekie)
The monument above Maungakiekie
Auckland City Centre from Mount Eden (with crater included!)
The sunset from Mount Eden