Victoria Park sits across the road from Victoria Park Market. Sport such as winter rugby , soccer and summer cricket are played here and on one side of the park is also a large skate park with ramps, rail slide bars and walls. The motorway overbridge goes right over the park.
Motuihe Island is part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park. The island is situated 16kms from downtown Auckland. It is recognisable by the distinctive row of Norfolk Pines growing along its spine. You can get to Motuihe by ferry on public holidays and weekends. There are two great sheltered sandy beaches as well as the remains of a WWI prison camp where Count Felix von Luckner was held before his daring escape in 1917. There are excellent anchorages for the weekend sailors.
Ferry to the Islands and surrounding areas.
Because Auckland is surrounded by Water the one of the best way to get to the outer islands is by ferry.
From the Ferry Building downtown you can catch a ferry to Waiheke Islands, Great Barrier Island, Rongitoto Islands over just across the harbour to Devonport and other areas of the North Shores.
For when you need that chocolate fix
The name says it all: this is a shop and cafe devoted to chocolate. And no, it's not just like every other chocolate shop with high quality, handmade chocolates to purchase. Chocolate products from New Zealand and all around the world may be procured here, from the modestly priced but tasty NZ Bloomsbury chocolate, to the expensive imported Valrohna chocolate. In addition to buying chocolate in a box, the Chocolate Boutique is also a cafe with an extensive menu for eat-in or takeaway treats. Choose from a good variety of freshly made decadent chocolate desserts (sundaes, cakes, Death By Chocolate, brownies, cookies, biscotti, etc), hot and iced chocolate drinks (such as traditional Mexican drinking chocolate, frappes, smoothies, milkshakes), coffees (lattes, espressos, etc) and traditional and herbal teas.
I visited the cafe a few times, once or twice for rich chocolate treats (Chocolate mud cake - hmmmmm), other times to just poke around the huge selection of goodies and to purchase gifts to bring back home. Ah, happy memories!
The shop opens at 11am and stays open until 10pm in the evening for those late-night cravings. Be prepared for a sometimes busy and packed shop - it's a not large shop and it can get crowded quickly as people mill about, admiring and sampling and deciding what to buy and eat. Anything chocolate, 'cos it's good for what ails you. :)
Ke;;y Tarlton's - sea of experiences
The entrance to Kelly Tarltons is almost non descript. There were no maps to tell us what to expect ahead and which places do we see first, with directions. Hence we missed the sting ray feeding, shark feeding etc becuase there were no directions as to how to reach the enclosures.
THe antarctic hut was ok, since the international antarctic centre at christchurch was better. The penguin enclosure looked man-made and hence did not give any feeling of being in the antarctic and viewing the penguins (which can make penguin viewing more enjoyable).
However, there are a host of sea creatures which one can gaze and marvel at. One thing I missed was seeing a Great white shark. The sea-tunnel is a fantastic experience as it gives one the feeling of walking underwater. The ride though could have been longer (it is shorter than the sea tunnel at Singapore which truly gives you the feeling of being underwater)
There are free shuttles from Skytower, which take only upto 8 people. Be sure u don't miss the last shuttle from Sky city at 4.30 and back from KT at 4.45.else it is along walk home.