Auckland Journals

Auckland - The City of Sails

A May 2001 trip to Auckland by kiwigal

Waiheke Island Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: New Zealand is my country. I was born and raised a kiwi and count myself very lucky! In New Zealand I have always lived in Auckland so I will write about this city I love with the insight of a native!

Auckland - The City of Sails

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Black Magic - Americas Cup Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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In Auckland you can't miss the volcanic cones of Mt Eden and One Tree Hill (which incidently had its one tree chopped down!!). They provide excellent views of the city and double as historical sites as they were Maori pa's (villages) before the English arrived. There are many things to keep one occupied for days in Auckland. The usual things a large city has (casino, restaurants, theatres, museums, gallerys) but also opportunities to experience the more relaxed side of NZ life. Perhaps a cruise on a yacht in the harbour, stay at a bach (holiday home) on Waiheke Island, go hiking in the Waitakere Mountains, visit one of the many beaches close to Auckland. Auckland is in a prim...Read More

Mangawhai Beach Hideaway Park

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Mangawhai Beach Hideaway Park Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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This is a summer holiday place for mainly Aucklanders. My family has a caravan here. Mangawhai is located about 1 and a half hours drive north of Auckland on the coast (south of Whangarei). Hideaway has tent sites, powered sites and cabins, and is located on the Mangawhai Harbour estuary. It is a safe place for families with young children as there is no powerful tides or surf but there is also an Ocean Beach about 10km away that has fantastic surfing and fishing opportunities. For more information on Mangawhai click on the links: Destination Northland - including information on Bay of Islands, Mangawhai, Whang...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Mangawhai Beach Hideaway Park
Moir Pt Road
Auckland, New Zealand
(09) 431 4251

Ponsonby Pies

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The Ponsonby area of Auckland has some GREAT eating establishments. It is a very trendy area that has been going through the process of urban renewal for the last 10 years or so. Many young people have bought cheap homes in the area and completely renovated them. As a result a kind of yuppie culture has sprung up and Ponsonby has made its name on the Auckland dining circuit. There are too many places to write about as separate entries so here is a few details on some of my favourites: ONE RED DOG (151 Ponsonby Rd ph, 360 1068) which is an Italian style place and MASALA (168 Ponsonby Rd ph, 378 4500) which is an Indian restaurant. Not to mention TUATARA (198 Ponsonby Rd ph, 360-0098), whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Ponsonby Pies
288 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 361 3685

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)

Attraction | "Auckland Museum"

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira) Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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The Auckland Domain is a park built on one of Aucklands` extinct volcanic cones. At the highest point is the Auckland Museum. There is a war memorial in front of the museum where the dawn parade is held every year on ANZAC Day. This is the day when we remember those who died in the various wars New Zealand was involved in as an ally. Inside, on the ground floor are the main attractions for most foreign visitors: the Maori and Polynesian exhibits. There are Maori shows three times daily (extra charge) but it would be better to see a show in Rotorua. On the other floors there are many different exhibits some of which change from time to time. The domain is home to the Wintergarden gr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)
Auckland Domain
Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Attraction | "Auckland Art Gallery"

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The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki has the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country.

It is a public art museum located within two buildings, the main building and the New Gallery, it exhibits work from its collections and also has some international and national touring exhibitions from time to time.

Open Hours are 10am - 5pm daily with free guided tours available

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Corner Wellesley and Kitchener Streets
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 307 7700

Auckland Zoo

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Attraction

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The Auckland Zoo has changed a lot since I was a kid. The enclosures are no longer the small, unfriendly, barred type but habitats more similar to the animals' natural habitat. If you go to the Auckland Zoo you will also have the chance to see such native New Zealand animals and birds as the Kiwi and the Tuatara. The monkey area has been renovated and called the McDonalds Rainforest. It is designed in such a way that you walk through it like a rainforest and there are monkey bars and things for the children to play on. The elephant area has also been redesigned and is much more like the elephants' natural habitat. There are lots of interesting things for the elephants to do so they don't get...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Auckland Zoo
99 Motions Road
Auckland, New Zealand 1022
+64 (0)9 360 3800