Friday, February 2, 2018

2018 Grand World Voyage, Day 29, Auckland, New Zealand

The captain had us into Auckland bright and early so I had lots of time for sail in photos. I have been to Auckland many times but always enjoy returning to this lovely cosmopolitan city, the largest in New Zealand. Ann, Cathy and I left the Queen’s Wharf and made our way through the downtown Auckland streets to the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Bay. The weather cleared nicely for our first day in New Zealand. We returned back to the pier and took the ferry to Devonport. Just a 15 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland is one of the city’s oldest suburbs, the urban seaside village of Devonport. I always like visiting Devonport with its picturesque Victorian buildings, quaint shops and relaxed seaside ambiance. Cathy and I climbed to the summit of Mount Victoria which offers spectacular views of the Auckland’s north shore and the summit, bunkers and the “disappearing gun”...the last of its kind in NZ and remains on its original mounting...we waited out a short rain storm in the bunker before descending Mount Victoria. We stopped for a quick snack before taking the ferry back to downtown Auckland. Back in the city we toured the Viaduct Harbor area. We did some shopping and returned to the ship in the late was a great day with perfect weather for exploring. It is very hard to believe that almost a month has gone by already, seems like we started just a few days ago....  Tomorrow, we are in Tauranga and hoping for good weather for our flight.



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