Still rather jet lagged, we started our day with a coach excursion around Auckland. First port of call was the harbour, where we watched the fishermen. Then it was on to the suburb of Auckland called Mission Bay, a seaside resort. From there we drove to the top of Mount Eden, where we had spectacular views over the city. Mount Eden is one of the many extinct volcanoes around Auckland. Another was the Domain, a park with at its peak the War Memorial Museum, which we visited.
The afternoon was free so the intrepid four decided on a high-rise adventure to the top of the Sky Tower. There were fantastic views for miles around and we could also watch several brave souls dangling in front of the observation window before being dropped at breakneck speed towards the ground below.
After all this excitement we made for a quiet park, Albert Gardens, named after Queen Victoria’s consort.
Anglers near the Auckland Harbour Bridge
A park on the waterfront at Mission Bay with an art deco fountain
Norfolk pine, a tree native to Norfolk Island but grown in New Zealand
Hibiscus in a garden at Mission Bay
Auckland from Mount Eden, the highest natural point in the area
Auckland from Mount Eden, with the Sky Tower rising above the other buildings
Auckland from Mount Eden, with some of the extinct volcanoes, of which Mount Eden is one, rising above the city
Maoris entertaining in the War Memorial Museum
Auckland Sky Tower, an observation and telecommunications tower 328 meters high
Auckland Harbour Bridge and Marina from the observation platform at the top of the Sky Tower
Auckland Domain with the War Memorial Museum
Auckland and its suburbs from the Sky Tower
Looking down from the top of the Sky Tower
A ‘Peter Pan’ hanging outside the observation window …
… then suddenly it is a fast drop down
The drop as seen from below the Sky Tower …
A flower clock in Albert Park
Auckland – A modern building incorporating an old façade
Relaxing at the end of the day with a beer in the bar of the Rendezvous Hotel
Cara Pewhairangi and the Patea Maori Club – Haere Mai