Day 23, February 19-Auckland, NZ-Day 1

We were going to be in Auckland, New Zealand for three days. Sherry had arranged a tour for us on the second day so today we went ashore to explore the city.

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The ship was docked near the ferry terminal and one of the first things we saw was a vending machine for potato chips which Kiwis (New Zealanders) call spuds. We also saw this very unusual bike rack for commuters. 

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We knew early the next day we were going to take the ferry to pick up our tour so we scoped the situation and found  where we had to be in the morning and then we walked to the bus stop to catch the bus to Parnell Village, an upscale Auckland neighborhood, with victorian era houses and buildings and with shops, cafes, and coffee houses. It’s a neighborhood somewhat like the Highlands in Louisville. But, unlike the Highlands, condos can sell for three quarters of a $1,000,000 (U.S.) for a small 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with a living room, a one car garage, and an ocean view.

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The view of the Auckland skyline from Parnell Village was magnificent. We had lunch and then caught the bus back to downtown Auckland where we headed for the Sky Tower, Aucklands version of the Seattle Space Needle. (If you click on the image to the right it will expand and you will be able to see the Sky Tower.) One thing you can do from the tower is Sky Jump. It cost around a hundred dollars but we decided not to do that!!!😏

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Heights are not Sherry’s thing but she agreed to go up in the tower with me because she loves me! The photo to the right was taken inside the sky tower.

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The view from the tower is magnificent and as you walk around the observation deck you get a grand view of the entire city and beyond. The blue overcast in the photo is because the Sky Tower’s windows were tinted.

When we were ready to leave, we descended from the Sky Tower we walked back to the ship. After dinner we took a walk around the deck and watched the sunset. It was a perfect ending to a spectacular day in paradise. 

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© Surveyor of the Passing Scene