A City of Volcanoes.

Last week, I flew up to Auckland for a few days. It was such a relaxing time despite walking around 20km a day (thank you, fitbit). The sun was out and although winter, it was often that my friend and I found ourselves peeling off our jackets. I guess, a city is a city anywhere and when I envision my time in New Zealand, I like to think that it is near water or the mountains. It was lovely to take the time to be in a highly populated area again, but still have the retreats down by the water or walking up some of the mounds and volcanoes. So here are a few things that I experienced during my time in Auckland.

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In central Queen Street, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of super yachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens.

This is Bekey, she just moved to New Zealand the day before. We were tourists for the first time here and it was nice to be foreign to a place along with someone else.

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We found this designed wall after walking 50mins for a meeting at ANZ Bank. We felt we had to make the lost time worthwhile by taking these photos…

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Next, we proceeded to the skytower downtown. Here are some things to note about the skytower.

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This is looking down through the glass floors.

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The following few days involved more sight seeing including:

Taking a ferry over to Devonport and what a gorgeous fresh morning it was for it. Here we walked to Mt. Victoria (one volcano) with a view of the distant city. There is a beach area here with lovely buildings and cafes.

Once we had crossed the waters back to the city, we took a walking tour, thanks to our lonely planet guide, where we visited gardens and galleries.

On our final day we had the opportunity to climb Mt Eden and witness the crater that rests on this volcano.

Mount Eden, known also as Mangawhau, is the highest of Auckland City’s volcanoes at 196 metres high. Centrally located, it is both a prominent feature of the Auckland landscape and a great vantage point providing views in all directions over the city. The slopes of Maungawhau were once densely populated by Māori and the crater is known as the food bowl of Matāoho. In 1841, Apihai Te Kawau defined from the summit the boundaries of his 3000 acre gift of land to the Crown that established the city of Auckland. -eventfinder.co.nz

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The rest of our time was filled with eating and taking in the harbour and sunshine.

There are many little stories, some funny and some ‘once in a lifetime’ moments, of which I might share one day but for now let’s end with a smile from the memories, and the classy ladies that we are…

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