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.
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.
This historic building on Queen Street is the Town Hall, just adjacent to the nearby Aotea Square in downtown Auckland. It was opened in 1911. I found it quite tricky to photograph as there are a few modern office blocks in the area which I framed the tree on the left in front of to focus attention of the town hall itself.
Parnell is suburb the city of Auckland and whilst exploring the neighbourhood I came across Parnell Baths at Judges Bay. As you can see by the state of the water it doesn’t look very inviting at this time of the year. It doesn’t open to the public until the summer season gets into full swing at the end of October. Before that it is home to the World Triathlon Champs for a few weeks.