After 25 hours of flying, 8 hours of layovers, 3 airplane meals, and several time changes, we have finally made it to Auckland; the City of Sails. After checking into our hotel, we pretty much showered and went straight to bed. Exhausted! After sleeping off the jet lag and feeling a bit more like ourselves, we wandered into downtown Auckland to see what it had to offer. Forgot to bring the camera out today, but at least we got some phone pics.
Not really having a set plan, we happened upon several parks within the city, spending the most time within Auckland Domain. Taking up 185 acres, Auckland Domain is one of Auckland’s largest parks.
Located in the central suburb of Grafton, the park contains all of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of the Pukekawa volcano. Wikipedia
Within the Domain there are many tourist attractions, such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Duck Ponds, Wintergardens, sports fields, and more. We didn’t care to visit the museum (set atop the ring of the crater), but we did wander through the Wintergardens; a protected heritage site that consists of two large greenhouses, as well as a courtyard with a small pond.
We also visited the harbor and later, the Sky Tower. Auckland is your typical big city, and not quite what we came to New Zealand to see, so tomorrow we are off to explore more of the countryside and visit Hobbiton and later in the week go to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.