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Easter in the City of Sails

A weekend away from Wellington (New Zealand) was on the books.  We were either going to head north or track south.  Travelling our “own backyard” was a resolution we had made (as was eating less chocolate over Easter if we could help it).  I had only been to Auckland several times either for work or transiting through so this was an opportunity to return and explore Auckland with a bit more earnest.

As well as a visiting Waiheke Island and a brief soujourn to trendy Ponsonby, we had driven to vantage points around Auckland such as Mt Eden, Mt Wellington and walked around One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park.  Within the CBD we had also walked along the Viaduct which has hosted past America’s Cup regattas and more recently was party central for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.  We also visited the Victoria Park Markets but didn’t see much as it is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation.

Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium was a favourite (I’m such a big kid) as was driving down to Mission Bay in the evening in search of yogurt ice cream at KiwiYo’s.  Auckland’s north shore was very picturesque and the hills around Davenport provided some lovely vistas of the Auckland City skyline.  Whilst on the north shore, we drove to Milford where Auckland Council was putting on a free open air movie (scheduled at different locations each weekend over summer).

Although the aim of this trip wasn’t to do any do any retail therapy we did visit Sylvia Park Mall and Dress Smart at Onehunga to check out the shops.

The gallery of photos above is a sample of the sights and sounds we had experienced over the weekend.  Enjoy!



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