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Photographer's Note

I took this shot on the ferry trip back from Rangitoto, I was quite pleased that it came out as clear as it did as the wind was trying to push me over the side of the boat and it was hard to keep steady.

Rangitoto Island is the largest, youngest and one of the least modified of about 50 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field.

It erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions around 600 years ago, and is now extinct.

With the explosive growth of plant life since it erupted there are now more than 200 species of native plants, including 40 species of fern, and the island's predominantly pohutukawa forest is the largest in the country.

Rangitoto's name is derived from the phrase "Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua" - the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed. Tamatekapua was chief of the Arawa canoe which arrived about 1350 and was engaged in (and lost) a major battle with the Tainui at Islington Bay.

It doesn't cost much to get out to the island from Auckland either and is only a 30min trip these days so it is well worth a look if you are in Auckland.

I only wish I could of had a wider lens to capture the whole island from end to end.

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