#NZTrip15 – The Full Roundup

Sure, it’s 4 months after the fact but I’ve finally written up a synopsis for my trip!

First day in Auckland was spent going to Auckland Skytower. It has two observation decks – one at 186m and another one at 220m. The city looks great from all angles. You can see Rangitoto Island, the North Shore, and the vast Auckland motorway system from above. I then moved on to the Auckland Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. It’s the best way to see Auckland! The driver/guides are friendly and I was able to max out a whole day just by staying on the bus, or in some cases, choose to hop-off and explore.  The highlight of this was climbing up Mount Eden/Maungawhau. The climb is steep but once you reach the top, the view is breathtaking!

Auckland Panorama from Maungawhau/Mount Eden

The first half of my second day was spent at Waiheke Island. My best friend recommended this to me, and it did not disappoint! Who knew that a ‘slice of heaven’ was right on Auckland’s doorstep? It reminds me of Redcliffe or Mackay back here in Australia. Fullers have a quick tour bus that shows you the whole island in roughly 3 hours. Highly recommend this! The second half was spent at Mission Bay. It has a Wynnum kind of vibe to it, but was pleasant.

The third day was spent exploring the Museum of Transport and Technology. It’s a great way of exploring New Zealand’s transport and technological history. This was followed by a visit to the Auckland Museum. I got to learn so much about Maori culture and history through the trip to the museum. I would love to experience that more in another trip to New Zealand in the future.

It’s hard to explain what I saw in Auckland, so I embedded my photo slideshow at the top of this post. If you’re considering visiting Auckland and New Zealand one day, do it! If you’re an Aussie, like me, New Zealand is great holiday destination as it’s not too expensive and is only a 3 hour flight from the East Coast.

 

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