I climbed a real volcano last week! No, it wasn’t spitting fire or leaking lava everywhere, but it’s still a real volcano. Mount Eden is considered dormant and, according to Wikipedia, hasn’t erupted for 28,000 years! I hiked with a couple friends from the hostel all the way to the top. It took about 20 minutes to get there from the summit, which was a lot faster than I anticipated. The climb was tiring and steep, but well worth it! Here are some of the pictures from the 360 degree views from the top:
The crater is pretty deep and completely covered in grass. I really wanted to go down in it, but there were signs forbidding that and it probably would have sucked to have to try and climb back out.
I visited the Auckland Museum and got in for free because of my visa! The 1st floor (they call it ground level) was full of Maori historical artifacts. The Maori are the indigenous people of NZ, who first arrived in NZ about 800 years ago. They have full size replicas of ships and real canoes that were made from a single log and could carry 100 warriors to battle.
On the 2nd floor (they call it 1st level) they had the natural history of NZ. More volcanos! They actually have a room that simulates what it’s like to be downtown during an eruption. It was actually pretty scary. Speaking of scary they also had lots of stuffed animals. As in, real birds and fish and mammals that have been preserved and stuffed. I now know what a bear’s fur feels like!
The 3rd floor (you guessed correctly, they call it 2nd level) is all war history, which I wasn’t really interested in. I took a quick look around but I didn’t take many pictures.
Auckland is currently having a two week long arts festival and one of the main events is called The Breath of the Volcano by Group F. For this show, they used the Auckland Museum as a backdrop and the Auckland Domain as a seating area. It was fantastic! They had fireworks and fire and music and people covered in lights! It’s really hard for me to explain what exactly happened in that hour, but just know that it was the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen! You can find Group F on youtube and check out other things they have done. It might give you some idea of what it was like.
That’s all for now! I’ll let you know when anything else exciting happens!