We checked out at 10am, and went for a walk along the Boardwalk alongside the Cairns Mud Flats. It was raining (for a change) heavily as we made our way to the Airport for a 1.55pm flight. (Note: when returning rental cars make sure you drop off at the international car park and not domestic). After a 25 minute delay due to the Auxillary power unit failing on the airplane we took off about 45 minutes late and landed in Auckland about 9pm. The Airport Express bus took us almost directly to the hotel (Chifly Appartments, we have a very nice one bed apartment with dishwasher and washing machine) which is opposite the Skytower. Even though it's 10.30pm on Easter Sunday some food places (good old Burger king) are still open. They have obviously just changed their clocks here for winter time, the clock on the bus read 11pm when it was only 10pm.
We woke up this morning to blue skies and sunshine - quite a difference from Cairns. Our hotel is a few minutes walk from the harbour, where took a ferry to Rangitoto Island. Rangitoto (meaning bloody sky in Maori) erupted from the sea about 600 years ago. We walked along the main summit trail.
It took about 45 minutes to reach the summit which has beautiful panoramic views - including the sky tower which is next to our hotel.
Sadly due to a flight change we only get one full day in Auckland, so that's it for the North Island.
From the summit rim walk we went over to explore some lava caves.