Rainy Days in Auckland

There were several waterfalls along the hike.
There were several waterfalls along the hike.

When I first arrived in New Zealand, the weather was consistently warm, with temperatures rarely getting below 75 degrees. Now, winter has come and the weather has definitely been cooler. The leaves are changing and the sky is cloudy more often. Even so, the weather has still been quite enjoyable. The last couple of weekends have been quite rainy, however. The rain kept us in our apartments for a lot of nights and we were becoming restless. As usual, we just wanted to get out of the city and explore the country! So, on a random Sunday morning, my friend Marc and I impulsively decided to make a trip out to The Pinnacles, a stunning mountain range in the Coromandel Forest Park.

'The Rock Stair'
‘The Rock Stair’

We arrived at the base of the trail and the weather was beautiful, with only a few clouds in the sky. We started the hike into the forest and I knew right away we were in for a treat. The people who created the Pinnacles track carved into the mountainside what they call ‘the rock stair’, which is exactly as it sounds — a staircase made out of rock. Once we finished the rock stair, we reached the summit of The Pinnacles. We had to climb metal poles that were fastened into the rocks to reach the very top of the summit. Once we reached the top, we could see the many tree-covered peaks that lead to the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. It was one of the most jaw-dropping views I have seen in the North Island.


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