On 31 December 2012 I had the alarm set for 6.00 a.m. but woke at 5.00 so got up at 5.15. My son Peter and his friend Gaal arrived at 7.15 and after unloading some of their camping stuff into my basement for safe-keeping we set off at 7.35.
We picked up Zoe in Papakura at 8.00 and drove through to Auckland and over the Harbour Bridge to Devonport where there is free all-day parking for ferry users. We had plenty of time to buy our ferry tickets for Rangitoto, before the ferry arrived to pick us up at 9.30.
Due to the heavy swell the ferry didnt take us in to the Rangitoto wharf which is the usual starting point for the climb (also shorter and shadier) but took us to Islington Bay.