You never have to look far to be reminded that Auckland resides on a volcanic field. The most obvious and beautiful reminder is Rangitoto Island, with its graceful presence that dominates Waitemata Harbour. The iconic 600-year-old beauty is Auckland’s youngest volcano and she rises gently from the sea into a beautiful symmetrical crater shrouded in Maori myth and legend. You can take the 25-minute ferry ride from the Auckland Ferry Terminal and make the one-hour walk to Rangitoto’s summit, join a four-wheel-drive tour, or if you are feeling energetic and confident enough to take on the passenger ferries that ply the crossing, hire a kayak at Fergs in Orakei and paddle over. Set aside the good part of a perfect day if you choose the latter.