Auckland, United Kingdom
August 13, 2002
There are hourly ferries from Quay St for about $10 return and the trip takes about ten minutes for a great view of the harbour. The alternative is a loooong bus ride all the way around. The choice is yours.
Devonport has a nice little range of options. If you're feeling energetic, there's not just one but two volcanic cones to climb - Northhead and Mt Victoria both with random WWII armaments lying around. Don't worry, its just the remnants not actual live artillery there but the young (at heart) will want to play soldier. The views of Auckland from the top are pretty spectacular as well.
If you feel in need of a sit down, wander back to the main street. There are coffee shops galore and little knick knack arty craft shops to pick through. For the culturally minded there's a navy musuem with bored navy officers who can't wait to tell you all about fascinating shipping facts. And if and when it opens again, a hodgepodge of a museum - Jackson's Victoriana is quite fascinating in its random collections of chamber bowls, brassieres and pistols etc. The other alternative if it rains is the cinema up the top of the main street which shows a mix of mainstream and arthouse films.
If the weathers good and you fancy a swim or sunbathe you have the choice of 3 beaches. The main one is right by the town but its worth the walk to Narrowneck and Cheltenham beaches. Both the beaches are far prettier and not so clogged up with tourists. And as a bonus the dairy on the way to Narrowneck beach sells 7 scoop icecreams (3 and a half inches worth!).
From journal Auckland - the sights, the shops and the bars