Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of the most iconic buildings in the city, sitting on a grassed plinth (the remains of a dormant volcano) in the Auckland Domain close to the centre of the city. In the foreground is a modern water feature to commemorate Anzac Day.

Auckland Domain from Sky Tower

Auckland Domain from Sky Tower

Sky Tower is an observation tower in the central business district of Auckland City, standing at 328 from ground to the top of the mask it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Above is a photograph taken from the observation deck looking over towards Parnell on the left with the Auckland Domain in the middle and the Auckland Museum on the right. The Tower also features the ‘Sky Jump’ were you can jump 192 metres down reaching speeds of up to 53 mph.

Parnell Village Shops

Parnell Village Shops

Parnell is my new home away from home and the above photograph tells you a lot about this picturesque suburb of Auckland. I have spent the past couple of weeks living in hostels in and around Parnell and have now moved into an apartment about two minutes away from this view. It is one of the oldest suburbs full of great cafes, bakeries and colonial villas. Although the Coffee Club on the right is a chain it did offer me free unlimited wi-fi and a $10 breakfast menu so I ended up eating here at least half a dozen times when I needed to use Skype or work on the website.

Devonport from Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park

Devonport from Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park

I ended up at the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park almost by accident. After looking on the map of Auckland I decided to visit Rangitoto Island and walk across to Motutapu Island. However when I got down to the harbour front the sky went nearly dark and it rained very heavily for a couple of hours. In New Zealand the weather changes with much great frequency than I have ever experienced (even in the Lake District!). So I decided to take the short and much cheaper boat trip across Waitemata Harbour to explore the area around Devonport. The above photograph is the view from North Head.