All kinds of watersports are popular in Auckland and the west coast provides huge waves and strong winds a lot of the time. There are many great windsurfing spots from Port Waikato to the south head of the Kaipara Harbour. The Manukau Harbour has some good spots for windsurfing also in some of the sheltered waters, but beware of the rips and tides.
Musick Point Radio Station
The Musick Point Air Radio Station opened on January 12th 1942 and provided radio contact for ships and aircraft. The NZ Post Office originally operated the station but then the Air Radio Civil Aviation Corp took over leaving the Post Office to handle all the maritime services. Telecom later used the building for the Cellular Service. The building and point were named after Captain Edwin G Musick who flew in the early flying boats, a trail blazing the route to South America, China and New Zealand. He was the first to pilot the South Pacific survey flight from the United States of America to New Zealand, landing his four-engined flying boat called the “Samoan Clipper” on the Auckland Harbour on 30 March 1937. On his second flight from Pago Pago to NZ in 1938,he and his crew died in an accident. This radio station stands as a monument to this pioneer and also houses a plaque to the Post Office radio operators who were murdered in the Kiribati Islands during the Second World War, by the Japanese.
Location : Musick Point Road, Muscik Point
Auckland Explorer Bus
If you have only short time in Auckland I recommend Auckland Explorer Bus. It is hop on and hops off system.
The bus stopped at 14 tourist attraction e.g Bastion Point, Parnell Village, Mt Eden etc (see the website for the list). You can hop off at any of the 14 attraction and hop on at any time but make sure you have the bus time table. There’s full commentary on the bus.
The first bus depart at 9am from the Ferry Building then every 30 mins in summer and every hour in winter. The last bus leaves at 3pm.
I thought it was a good way to see some of the top tourist attractions. We bought one day pass for $35 NZD per person.
Slurp up that Japanese noodle
It was my last evening in Auckland and for some reason I was in the mood for Japanese.
Was wondering up and down Queen Street and just being typically annoyingly picky before the warm lights of Mentatz drawn me in.
The staff are seemingly all Japanese and the place resembles a mish-mash between a sake bar and a manga magazine library.
My brain was in a defiant mood. I ordered a spicy cold Japanese noodle despite my heart telling me to go for a warm bowl of Miso Ramen. I kinda regretted after. The noodles were served cold alright (don't get me wrong, I love cold Japanese ramen) but just a tad impotent when it comes to spiciness. Also, it was kinda plain with just lettuces and an egg to go with the al dente ramen.
Made me yearn for the slices of char-siew in the Miso Ramen. Sigh....
How to spend a rainy or sunny day
Set within a beautiful historical building at the peak of the Domain volcano (inactive!), the Auckland Museum is a wonderful place to spend a rainy morning or afternoon. With three floors of exhibits showcasing the cultural and social history of New Zealand, the country's history at war, natural history (flora and fauna), and extensive displays of artifacts and treasures from the Maori culture and other cultures of the South Pacific, you can spend hours wandering and learning about the country you are visiting. There is usually a special exhibit occurring as well (at the time, it was the travelling exhibit of Da Vinci's Machines), although these exhibits will typically cost you extra to view.
Because there is so much to absorb at the museum (particularly in the Maori and South Pacific exhibits), I would recommend spending an hour or two, leaving for a "brain break", then returning later refreshed. Your ticket gets you in and out of the museum as many times as you want all day.
With spectacular views of Auckland City and the harbour, gardens and treed pathways, the Domain is a perfect place for walking and picnicking on sunnier days.