Do you want Long Black or Short Black? Or perhaps "flat white" (It is similar to the latte and the café au lait.)
Endless fun in ordering different coffee drinks. If you have enough time and you are open to experiments, try your own and decide for yourself.
If you are headed to Auckland, I can not recommend any other meal before you have the Lamb Shanks. With all the fanfare of New Zealand Wool, and its farming culture it is almost sacrificial for you not to try the lamb shanks while you are here. On our evening meal with the rest of the mid-winter Auckland VT meeting crew, I tried the lambshanks and was not disappointed. I had it at Waterfront Cafe, where the friends were just as good as the shanks!
The Auckland Rodeo is held each year in December at Carlaw Park. There is a mix of rodeo events with the suitable music, entertainers and performers not usually seen in New Zealand. Plenty of Cowboys and Cowgirls.. you’d almost think you were in Texas. The gates open at 4.00pm and things really get a hussle on with the main show beginning at 6.00pm.
Location : Carlaw Park
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
The Lantern Festival lasts 3 days and on the last night there is a fireworks display. In 2009, it marked the 20th anniversary of the Guangzhou-Auckland sister city relationship. The Guangzhou people gifted a lantern display to the people of Auckland.
There is also non stop entertainment at the festival up until around 10.30 at night both from local talent and overseas including China. There are stalls of arts and crafts which you can either admire or buy.
Hundreds of colourful brightly lit lanterns in all shapes and sizes adorn trees and posts through the park. Many or most, of which come direct from China.
The Lantern Festival is held at the end of Chinese New Year and continues with the festivities. The timing of which varies each year depending on the moon of the particular lunar year. There are plenty of food stalls which allows you to have a picnic on the grounds if you wish.
The Lantern Festival is a popular event in Auckland in February. The festival is held in Albert Park which is beside the University of Auckland and runs over a long weekend from 5.00pm to 10.30pm. Be aware that parking around the area is difficult so allow enough time if you are going later in the evening.
Location: Albert Park
Probably not something you see much of anymore, especially in the big cities. Auckland city still has diagonal crossing. Traffic from all four directions are halted while pedestrians cross in whichever direction they like.
Hangi is one of the Maori ways of cooking under the ground using hot rocks. Any kind of meet like lamb, chicken, pork or fish is suitable to be cooked this way. The more common vegetables used are potatoes, kumara (sweet potato), pumpkin and corn.
From the preparation to enjoying the food it takes about 7 hours. This is certainly not "fast food".
The haka was part of the Maori warrior's conditioning for war and battle. There are many types of haka however some were specifically intended for battle. Today the haka is an aspect of the Maori culture of New Zealand that has become very much a national expression of New Zealand identity.
When you are in Auckland, you should do as the Aucklanders do.... when it comes to drinking the local brew, that would be Monteith's. I enjoy taking a sip of the local trade to see which ones are the best, and I am also lucky enough not to drink beer often enough that I really can tell the difference between different brews... and I will tell you this one was tasty!
I especially enjoyed the Black brand from Monteiths, which is a little smoother than a stout, but still has a very rich taste! Definitely check out the other beers, as they often come out with a seasonal range which you will only get while you are there.
Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud is the Maori name for New Zealand, and its Maori roots are evidenced even in the middle of downtown Auckland. From the Auckland Museum to the Skytower, and throughout the streets evidence of this heritage is apparent.
As we strolled along in the ground floor of the Skytower, we saw this great Maori carving. It features the intricate woodworking, and of course the traditional Paua shell eyes. We would learn more about this culture on our trip to Rotorua.
Have fun learning more in Auckland!
Some owners of these lovely old wooden villas, in the central city, hang on to them and remain living there on prime land with modern city life growing up around them. This one in the photo is right in Parnell, surrounded by bustling activity and not so many residences. Although there are residences not so far away. This old villa is a very classical style wooden house probably quite original. I love them!
The superette was also a name given to a type of ‘dairy’ store and maybe sold a little more in the grocery lines. Despite name changes like ‘the Deli’ to some, you will still see plenty of superettes around. Although business may not be as good as it used to be with the longer opening of the bigger supermarkets, these little stores are always convenient for the one small item you may run out of, or just simply to park outside and run into.