Round the World, Travel

The City of Sails

October 16, 2010

My first full day in Auckland was getting a lay of the land.

The main street through town is Queens Street and the place where I’m staying is a couple of blocks off it, up a slight incline, called the Waldorf Bankside Apartments.  Slight, unless you have luggage and packages!  It’s not palatial but is decent apartment-style accomodations with a kitchenette and washer/dryer (and since I am traveling light is great!).  The view from the balcony is pretty sweet:

After getting a few groceries, I checked out the pier area…
Ferry Building
I took a harbour cruise.  This 90-minute cruise takes you through the harbor and past several islands, some inhabited and others kept preserved.  The islands and Auckland itself were formed out of underground volcanic eruptions and the volcanic rock is evident along the shoreline of the islands.

Here are some highlights of the cruise, including a whale sighting:

View from under the Harbour Bridge

After walking around town, I did the obligatory tourist thing and went up the Sky Tower for more views of the city.  You can do a skywalk on the outer perimeter of the tower.  Uh, not feeling that adventurous.

Yes, there are glass floors

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1 Comment

  • Reply Sue October 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I've just got home to Auckland Ave….not quite the same 🙂

    Looks amazing, Michael!!

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