I ended up at the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park almost by accident. After looking on the map of Auckland I decided to visit Rangitoto Island and walk across to Motutapu Island. However when I got down to the harbour front the sky went nearly dark and it rained very heavily for a couple of hours. In New Zealand the weather changes with much great frequency than I have ever experienced (even in the Lake District!). So I decided to take the short and much cheaper boat trip across Waitemata Harbour to explore the area around Devonport. The above photograph is the view from North Head.