Auckland – Part 2

Well, it’s 8 pm and we’ve had what seems a full day.

I’m hoping to stay up for the 1st NRL preliminary final between the Titans and Roosters.

Dale by Auckland harbour

Yep – once again Denny’s has been our meal base (bar one meal, and I’ll come to that).  We started our adventures by walking downtown to the harbour.  We were last down there 27 years ago while we had a 6 hour layover in Auckland en route to the USA.  Seems SO long ago now.  Checked out iPads (maybe 2011 if ever) before checking out harbour cruise/ferry arrangements.  Weather and whatever-else permitting, we may take the short 12 minute ferry across the harbour to Devenport, which apparently has lots of nice cafes and shops.  Maybe.

Fast forward to 11.30 and having made the booking yesterday, we headed up Auckland’s Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in

Sky Tower by night

New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

Sky Jumper

Sure felt like it. We made it up to about 190 metres, got out onto an observation deck, and I immediately felt rather awful.  I must have looked it too. A kind attendant had got me a chair to sit on within, I kid you not, about 15 seconds.  I needed it. It’s a long way up, BUT, BUT the view was absolutely tremendous.  Superb actually.  If you’re ever in Auckland do it.   Some bungee jumpers were doing the Sky Tower Jump every 6 minutes or so.  Silly people!!!   I did manage a walk around the circumference of this deck, never far away from the inner wall of this deck!

Still feeling somewhat queasy, we headed up two floors to the pre-booked buffet lunch.  Need to say it was a wonderful meal with great service.  It’s surprised us how cosmopolitan and multicultural Auckland is – the staff at Sky Tower well-presented this.  Anyhow, I managed to eat my lunch without throwing up (or even getting close).  I was proud of myself.   While lunching, two groups of people did the Tower Sky Walk.  Crazy, crazy!!    To be fair, I hand it to them, wuss that I am with heights!!!!

Auckland Museum

We head back to Rydges – virtually next door.  By then Dale is starting to feel a bit off, so I head off in our hire car to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  Well, well worth it.  It was billed as having the best and most extensive display of Polynesian/Maori exhibits anywhere – the billing is spot-on.  Fascinating stuff reading about the history, culture etc of the various Polynesian and Melanesian peoples – and seeing the connections.

Took me forever to get back from the museum, though.  I misunderstood a GPS instruction, so lucky me sees some inner Auckland suburbia and Auckland Grammar School and the University of Auckland Campus.  Bargain.  Well?

Dinner at you guessed where and back now in our room #409.  409?  Wasn’t that the title of an early Beach Boys song.

Anyhow, tomorrow morning we’re off to Taupo right across the road from the huge Lake Taupo and what we know will be MUCH colder weather, but also the lure of thermal activity, swimming in a heated pool (while it’s freezing outside) and possibly a drive to Mt Ruapehu – technically an active volcano..

Just need the Titans to win, to cap off a really good day.




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