A visit to Auckland, "The City of Sails"
Day of travel: February 26, 2013
Text and photography by Arthur Jeciel
October 23, 2013 Mike and I have never been to New Zealand before so we were really excited when we booked this trip giving us almost 20 hours in Auckland. But since our flight from Nadi arrived late in the evening, there was not much to do so we decided we would start early morning for our own city tour. Wit our connecting flight to Sydney leaving at 4pm, we had more than enough time for us to discover the city which has been continuosly regarded as "one of the best places in the world to live".
Our first stop was the Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand which opened in March 1997. At 328 meters, it offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometers in every direction.
View of the city and the harbour from the Observation deck of the Sky Tower
Right after our visit to the Sky Tower, we came accross the X Factor audition center. I would have wanted to show my talent but... Maybe next time.
And the reason why this city is also called the City of Sails: sailing in this region is so popular that there are about 135,000 yachts and launches registered in this city. What's more, about 40% of the country's registered yachtsmen are from Auckland.
One of the many cruise ships that visits Auckland
And if there is a better way to park your bicycles, the people here sure know how to do it.
The "Cytoplasm" is a kinetic artwork by Phil Price which slowly moves in response to the wind.
The "Maori Warrior" by Molly Macalister, located in Queens Street
Near the harbour, we came accross this drinking station. Take note of the "refill your bottle here" sign. That's the way to do it!
The Harbour Information Centre
This vending machine would have been common in Sweden, with the exception that here, one can use his card to pay for the products.
The last stop for our tour was the Britomart Transport Center, Auckland's major transportation hub which is used both for bus and train travel.
Inside the Britomart Transport Center
Time flies and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to this beautiful city that has welcomed us as guests even for a few hours. Well, I hope the next visit would be much longer and that I could visit the other cities as well. Till next time! Thanks, Auckland!