Ajustar el reloj / To set the clocks
Antiguamente, en el puerto de Auckland se disparaba un cañón a las 12h con el fin de que todos los capitanes de los barcos que estaban atracados pudieran ajustar sus relojes
Hoy en día mantienen esta tradición, disparando el cañón cada día
Formerly in Auckland harbor fired a gun at 12 o'clock in order that all the captains of vessels were moored could adjust their clocks
Today they maintain this tradition, firing the cannon every morning
Hindu: Bharatiya Mandir Temple
Sitting on a busy road is the Bharatiya Mandir Temple. It was built in 1993 and caters for the Auckland Hindu community as well as the celebrations of important festivals, social and cultural services. On Sundays there are clases in languages (Hindi, Gujerati and Sanskrit) and music.
The temple is open : Aarati 8.15am & 7pm daily; 8am-10am & 5.30pm-8pm Mon-Fri; 8am-8pm Sat, Sun & public holidays; Balvikas Kendra 9.30am-10.30am Sun.
Location : 252-254 Balmoral Road, Mt Albert
Quality Arts at Auckland Airport
This is hailed and proven as the souvenir shop with a difference. Primarily Pacific Region emphasis but you can find arts from around the world.
You can buy regional arts from Melanesia, Polynesia and other Oceania cultures.
As well as the shop in the main International Terminal public area, there is also one behind customes, on the "airside" of the terminal. This is the shop where you can indulge your own likes. What is pleasing to your eye, or if you see something you know someone back home will love, buy it. You can be sure you are buying quality here. It's very easy to spend $USD100 here, and often a lot more, it's not a cheap shop, but quality is worth paying for.
Excellent Japanese Food
Renkon is a somewhat hidden away Japanese restaurant in Parnell. The sign is prominent, but the restaurant itself is in through a narrow doorway and down a set of stairs. You'll find no sushi here, but heaps of Donburi, Udon, teriyaki, tofu, and veggies. The decor is classic Japanese restaurant, clean and classic, simply decorated and not fancy. The food is fresh, tasty and arrives quickly. Service was satisfactory, although as I found in most of NZ, staff do not check up on you after you've been served your meal. If you have a problem or want something else, you'll have to use some initiative and flag them down.
A very busy restaurant even on a Monday night, you can eat in or take away. I had the teriyaki tofu and vegetables on rice with a sparkling water. Unfortunately, like most Japanese restaurants, if you request a slight change to the ingredients (as I had, in an attempt to get a miso-based sauce that was available for some other dishes), the staff look at you funny and will not accomodate.
Cin Cin on Quay
Cin Cin is a very fashionable restaurant and one of the oldest established restaurants in the city. It has very unique location in the old Ferry Building overlooking the water. The setting is luxurious, high ceilings, granite and beautiful table settings. The flavour is Italian and Asian with pastas, risottos and noodles. They also have wood-fired pizzas as well as yellowfin tuna with warm sushi rice and spring onion, honey soy vinaigrette. They provide an extensive wine list also. It is recommend that you book because it is possible.
Open Noon – 11.00pm Mon- Thurs and Sun, noon – midnight Fri and Sat.