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.