Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Things to do in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland – my city!
Auckland is the biggest most vibrant city in NZ - there are about 2.5 million inhabitants who speak up to 600 different language, I'm told. Almost half 
the population of the country reside in this sprawling wonderful city, 
that has been home to me for 3 years !
    The city of sails….it’s not difficult to see why!

But if one doesn’t have a yacht or similar,one has oodles of other things to do when in Auckland. We have a little kayak and I’m still learning how to balance
 in it!
Other things to do… And accessibility is not a headache, as there are numerous buses and taxis, and there’s rail west of the bridge.

1..Beaches beaches beaches & water Sports –   
    East & West coasts– for water activity, beach walks & combing, photography, doggy walkies, or to just to sit and drink in the sublime views. If one wishes to, one can take an hour trip around the harbour, else a longer trip around one of the islands. There’s also whale and dolphin watching or one can sail on a Tall Ship, such as The Soren Larsen (our happy day on the Tall Ship is on their website- http://www.sorenlarsen.com/)

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           2.  Shopping & Dining out Loads of great eateries from larney to casual – must easily be over 1000 restaurants in Auckland with A to Z – African to Zen cuisine. Try out places at The Viaduct, else Ponsonby or Devonport for the funkier spots. Else one can wine and dine at the top of the sky tower in the revolving restaurant with its breathtaking 360’ views.  

     Auckie is a coffee city – there’s a
   ‘coffee to go’  around every corner – 
   e.g. cappuccino, latte, espresso or flat 
     Shopping in Queen Street is for those with               
     some dollars in their pockets; else one can
     hit one of the popular pavement or farmers markets, not             
     forgetting the colourful Asian shops!                                             

3.    Adventure hiking and tramping - The extensive
     Waitakere Ranges on the western fringe of the city are 
     magnificent in their splendour, and are unspoilt and lusciously 
     adorned with indigenous shrubbery and ferns. Also easily
      assessible- and the area where we're privileged to live in !     

4.    Shows and Entertainment – Famous 
     singers include Auckland in their world tours –
     the likes of Elton John and Eric Clapton and 
     famous group bands for the younger generation. There are also amazing shows like Cirque de 
     Soleil and renowned Russian and Chinese ballet companies. Else there’sthe buzz and vibe night life    of  infamous K Road.                                             


    5. Spirituality, religion, esoteric, meditation etc >>> Whatever one is affiliated to, one can Google and find a place close by to worship, meet like minded people, meditate or pray. Gatherings are conducted in English, Afrikaans, 
     Maori, Samoan, Mandarin and various Indian dialects, for example.


                            6For Crazy Adventurers- This granny ain't au fait with all of this, but there’s sky diving, bungy jumping, abseiling, bike racing, sailing, helicopter rides and numerous whatever adrenalising activities that grab you, within reach! Auckie’s are also car mad and there are the notorious ‘hoons’ who roar around being a tad silly – hmmmh!            
    7.    Sky Tower – Not to mention the Sky Tower – a must to view the city, harbour, distant Waitakere Ranges and the myriad volcano outcrops from. And for the more adventurous, one can sky walk around the tower, else sky jump!

8.    Exercise and Sport – Auckie is a sport mad city – there are loads of sporting clubs, else one can cheer from the sidelines or watch on the box. Auckland’s rugby team are ‘The Blues’. There are also gyms galore and one can get involved in Life Saving, Jump Jam, Exotic or ballroom dancing, Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi etc. etc.
    9.    Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites – There’s the splendid 
     Art Gallery and the imposing 
     Museum on the Domain, plus several smaller museums; 
     also the Marine Museum at the Viaduct and  Motat 
     (Museum of transport -next to the Zoo). There’s also the WW11 tunnels & guns on the North Head at Devonport – 
     a quick 5 minute ferry ride from the city Viaduct.



   For the Kids! – Loads to 
    do for the kids; come rain or sun. There are the beaches of course, playgrounds and parklands, Western Springs Lake with its bird life, the fabulous Zoo, Kelly Talton’s famous Aquarium, Butterfly Creak, Rainbow’s End, the various museums mentioned above, indoor skiing, ice skating, horse riding, bike riding, skateboard parks, the Water Wave, animal farms, boating lessons, Goat Island (view sea life from a glass bottomed boat|), abseiling & wall climbing etc.

    PS. And never leave Waiheke out  !! – It’s an island just a 40 minute ferry ride from the Viaduct ferry area. There are scooters for hire to zip around on, or busses to catch. Else one can go and take one’s cab on the car ferry from Half Moon Bay. There are loads of eateries, funky arty farty shops, art galleries, wine estates and wine tasting and glorious views and beaches, plus bachs for hire for a wondrous weekend getaway.

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