Auckland is our last stop. Tomorrow we start the long journey home. I shall take with me many memories. The beauty and the heat we experienced in the Red Centre.
The incredible corals on the Great Barrier Reef.
And the torrential rain that makes the forest the way it is!
Sydney Opera house and the wonderful performance I saw there.
The beauty and drama of New Zealand is quite unforgettable.
The moving scene of the white chairs.
The weird sight of the underground fire breaking through the earth’s crust and the overpowering smell of sulphur.
The Maori Haka!
I shall quickly forget Auckland, a city that may be attractive in sunshine, though I doubt it. It has an enormous and very busy harbour and although famous Queen Street boasts Armani, Dior, Louis Vuitton etc. the goods in the shops are not in the least tempting. It also has famous tower which doesn’t look like this today in the rain.
Instead it looks like this looking down through the murk at our hotel from the top of the tower.
Auckland is a difficult city to enjoy as it is built on numerous very steep sided dormant volcanos. The gradients were very hard on my old knees and hips!
There are only 4 1/2 million people in NZ and 1 1/2 million of them are here in Auckland. It is a busy container port as well as a stop for cruise ships and it is claimed that 1 in 4 citizens own some kind of boat. Which explains the vast harbourfront and numerous moorings and marinas.