Over summer we had hoped to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but the weather was going to be too bad so instead we opted for the Rangitoto Island Hike. Rangitoto Island is an extinct volcano made from volcanic rock. You hop on a ferry from Britomart and make the short journey across to the Island. The climb to the summit is easy and about an hour to the top. We had an explore around the summit looking at disused bunkers and some very interesting caves before needing to head back to the ferry before the weather turned. We did this walk on the last day of the year and it was a nice time to reflect on the year that was. Luckily we got back to the city in the nick of time as a huge storm rolled in just in time to see the New Year in with a bang, and fallen trees and lots of debris!