Of the 48 volcanic cones surrounding the city of Auckland, Rangitoto is both the youngest and the largest. It offers a wealth of outdoor adventure for anyone wiling to make the trip. From off-roading to epic hikes to the top, it’s a must when visiting the city.
There are many methods of getting to Rangitoto, but one of the best is booking a guided kayaking trip to the island. Night tours, in particular, are loads of fun and offer great views of the sunset beyond the city skyline. Once on the island there’s no shortage of interesting things to see and do. A hike to the peak of the cone takes roughly an hour, and along the way you’ll pass by black lava caves to explore. At the top you’re rewarded with incredible views of the emerald islands and the Waitakere Range.
Rangitoto Island is also a popular spot among fisherman who enjoy all of the great beachside and offshore catches to be had. Scuba diving and swimming are also popular forms of recreation here, though you won’t find much in the way of great surf. However, Rangitoto does have a wonderful reputation among camping enthusiasts for its spectacular scenery and excellent year-round weather.
The abundance of local plant life makes for an incredibly scenic and relaxing walk, and a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Auckland if you find the hectic pace becoming too much.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.