Auckland, New Zealand

2018 HAL World Cruise

Friday, February 2, 2018

 

Auckland, built atop many old volcanoes that are now grassy hills and parks, was first home to a Maori settlement dating back to 1350.  However, by the time the Europeans came to settle here in 1840, tribal wars and epidemics had ravaged the settlements.  The area was almost deserted.  Today, it is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of about 1 million.  It is the “Big City” for the Polynesian islands of the South Pacific.   As our tour brochure stated, “Auckland’s heart beats to a Polynesian rhythm, its people a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong indigenous Maori heritage.”  The most striking man-made structure of the city is Harbor Bridge spanning Waitemata Harbor and linking the city with the fast-growing North Shore.

Auckland Harbor Bridge
Auckland Harbor Bridge
Queens Arcade
Queens Arcade
Downtown street view.
Downtown street view.
Valcan Lane-Cafe Melba
Valcan Lane-Cafe Melba
street view--Freyberg Place
street view–Freyberg Place

We have had the pleasure to visit this lovely city before.  So this time, we followed the advice of friends and decided to take the ferry over to Devonport, a charming village with wonderful heritage buildings and spectacular scenery.

Ferry Building
Ferry Building
Waiting for the Devonport Ferry
Waiting for the Devonport Ferry
Boarding the Ferry to Devonport.
Boarding the Ferry to Devonport.
On our way to Devonport.
On our way to Devonport.
Devonport Dock
Devonport Dock
Devonport
Devonport
That is a small little beach to the left of the ferry terminal.
That is a small little beach to the left of the ferry terminal.
Esplanade Hotel
Esplanade Hotel
Interior of the Esplanade Hotel.
Interior of the Esplanade Hotel.
High speed WIFI!
High speed WIFI!
War Memorial
War Memorial
fig tree
fig tree
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
enjoying a beer
enjoying a beer

As this post comes to a close, one more interesting factoid:  The folks Downunder have come up with another innovative idea.  Crane dining!  Look at these photos!  Would you ever do this???

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Upon our arrival in Auckland, we looked out the window and saw THIS. Didn’t know what it was. But kept an eye on it.
There are people in it!
There are people in it!
Turns out this is a restaurant!
Turns out this is a restaurant!
We watched a crane lift it into the air.
We watched a crane lift it into the air.
Gives a whole new meaning to in flight meals!
Gives a whole new meaning to in flight meals!
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These people have been harnassed into the seats. But there are other people who seem to be walking around! Must be the servers. They are wearing yellow straps that may be harnasses also.

 

Next, we’ll explore Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga, NZ

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