It is always a pleasure to come to New Zealand. Years ago, while living in Hawaii, we were enchanted with the tales of Polynesia. And today, the lure of the exotic is still strong. We have seen quite a bit of New Zealand but neither of us could remember ever touring Auckland on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. So this time, we decided to take the HOHO and see whatever we might have missed. (If you’d like, take a look at the post of February 1, 2018 when we took the ferry from Auckland to Devonport.)
And lo-and-behold, stop #2 the Bastion Point lookout was our very first exit from the bus. Bastion Point was home to several gun emplacements during the Russian Scare of the 1880s. Today, it is the site of the Michael Savage Memorial commemorating his support of the Maori people during his time as Prime Minister. The views from here are spectacular.
Or next exit from the HOHO was at the top end of Parnell, the oldest suburb of Auckland. It dates back to 1841. But by the early 20th century the suburb’s main street had become run-down. It was local property developer, Les Harvey, who set about transforming it. He renovated the historic villas and created a series of boutique shopping and entertainment areas. We found this to be a stylish and charming place to have lunch and our afternoon libation.