Auckland Town Hall
Fondest memory: This is the Auckland City Town Hall (the clock tower in the background) and Aotea Square. They are right in the heart of Auckland City.
This is where my University graduation ceremony was held. Inside the town hall is a concert chamber where I sang in the auckland high schools choir recital accompanied by the organ (also dating to 1911 and a "protected object" under New Zealand law - source Wikipedia)
The building is a heritage building that was built in 1911 and renovated in 1997.Related to:
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Around the Bays Fun Run
Fondest memory: This is a nearly 10km Fun Run around the waterfront area of Auckland. It is enjoyed by over 70,000 Aucklanders every year in March.
The route that this fun run takes is called Tamaki Drive. It is a great place to drive along or roller blade, cycle or run. There are beaches dotted all along the drive with Mission Bay and St Heliers Bay being the most popular. Both of these areas have great restaurants and cafes.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Waiheke Island is an island in the Hauraki Gulf in the outer edge of Auckland Harbour. The island is home to about 10,000 Aucklanders with the population concentrated on the left hand side of the island. It is a great get-away for Aucklanders and tourists alike and is especially good to sample watersports like kayaking and fishing in the summer. Waiheke is said to be a few degrees warmer than mainland Auckland and the climate is great for growing grapes. There are a large number of vineyards on the island. The main beaches are Oneroa, Palm and Onetangi. The island also has an interesting war time heritage with a large underground tunnels and gun emplacements at a place called Stoney Batter on the far end of the island (reachable by car only).
Fondest memory: Waiheke is a popular holiday spot in the Hauraki Gulf. Many people live here or have baches. A bach is a New Zealand English word for a small holiday home.
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The most expensive place I've ever visited
Favorite thing: Our breath was taken away by how expensive everything was in Auckland. T-shirts ran about $60.00US. Regular (not designer) jeans ran about $130.00US. YIKES! The whole time I was there all I bought was a t-shirt that was on sale at a sporting goods store. Next time I go, I'll save a lot more sheckels beforehand.Related to:
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Another Whangaparaoa beach...
Favorite thing: This is a picture of Manly Beach (sometimes called Big Manly to differentiate it from its little southern neighbour) on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland city. Maybe I'll have to make a page with pictures from all around Whangaparaoa!!Related to:
- Water Sports
A favourite beachside spot for Aucklanders.
Favorite thing: Whangaparaoa Peninsula has become a satellite city to Auckland. There is now a continuous urban landscape from Orewa to the end of the peninsula with Gulf Harbour becoming an increasingly big community out at the eastern end.
The peninsula juts out into the Hauraki Gulf and has many nice beaches on either side. Most are on the north side, but there are a couple of pretty bays on the south side. Of course, south facing beaches lose the sun early in the day, but Little Manly (pictured) and Arkles Bay are very picturesque.
To get to Whangaparaoa, take the northern motorway from Auckland central and exit at Silverdale. Follow State Highway 1 to the Whangaparaoa Road turn off just after Silverdale township. This is the main arterial route along the peninsula. Get a good map of the area and pick the beaches you want to visit. Late January to March is the peak of summer and the best time to swim.Related to:
Fondest memory: This is the place I spent 3 years studying in. I am pictured with my best mate Anneliese in Albert Park looking towards the University tower. Albert Park is another volcano with beautiful grassy areas and gardens. Many a student can be found here on a nice day!
If you want to find out the entry requirements and courses available at Auckland University then go to www.auckland.ac.nzRelated to:
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Te Muri Beach, Mahurangi Regional Park.
Favorite thing: The eastern coastline of the northern part of Auckland Region is indented with some beautiful bays and flooded river valleys known as rias . Te Muri Beach is a seldom visited sandy east facing beach with no road access in the Mahurangi Regional Park. See my "Off the Beaten Trail" section to find out more.Related to:
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A popular picnic spot for Aucklanders.
Favorite thing: Auckland Region is lucky to have many public reserves administered and maintained by the Auckland Regional Council. These parks and reserves are scattered all around the region and free to the public. One of these Regional Parks is Shakespear, at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland's main urban area.
Shakespear Regional Park is an operating farm, so you will see sheep there. There are two main beaches, though the further one is the better (the one pictured) as it is less tidal. There are walking tracks around the park and some lovely views of the Hauraki Gulf. Peacocks wander around in the park as do Pukeko (New Zealand's native swamp hen). You will probably see other native birds too.
This is a very popular picnic spot for city dwellers as it is only a 40-50 minute drive from the city proper.Related to:
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A great beach, just 30 minutes from Auckland.
Favorite thing: North of Auckland there are some fine beaches. The first of the most notable beaches you're likely to encounter driving north, is Orewa. The urban area of Orewa and Whangaparaoa is coined the "Hibiscus Coast" and there are a lot of people living there now. Throughout the area are many nice little beaches. However, Orewa is popular with daytrippers from Auckland because it's easy to get to and there's plenty of parking.
The beach has a surf club and is patrolled in summer, though it is very safe for swimming and you're unlikely to encounter rough conditions. The beach is very long and Orewa township is a short walk away with all its cafes, fast food places, and other shops. There are many motels in Orewa and even some well rated backpackers places. All of them are just across the road from the beach.
Summer is the best time to come for a swim (Jan - Mar).Related to:
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My favourite place in the Auckland Region.
Favorite thing: Tawharanui Regional Park is a beautiful reserve on a peninsula about 1hr30mins drive north of the city. You need your own vehicle to get there and the road from Omaha is not entirely sealed. It is a serene beach with the clearest blue water in summer. It is popular with surfers and bodyboarders, but is safe and perfect for swimming too. It is now being turned into a mainland "island" for the preservation of rare NZ native birds.Related to:
Favorite thing: Devonport is a suburb in Auckland located on the North Shore. It has quaint colonial style architecture and trendy shops and restaurants. There are good views across the harbour to the city from Mt Victoria and North Head.
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Auckland Harbour Bridge
Fondest memory: This bridge is only 6 lanes (definately not big enough for Auckland traffic) and was built in the 1950's. It looks so pretty though on a sparkling day from a yacht or ferry in the harbour! Until March 2003 the Waitemata Harbour is the place to come to see the Louis Vuitton Cup and Americas Cup yacht racing. You can book cruises around the harbour with many different types of boats.Related to:
One Tree Hill
Fondest memory: One Tree Hill is an extinct volcano on the Auckland Isthmus. It was always a distinctive hill on the Auckland landscape because of the obelisk and single pine tree that adorned the top. Recently however the pine tree was pulled out as there had been several acts of sabotage that took there toll on the old tree.
There are great views of Auckland from the top of the hill. The whole volcano is a park where people enjoy driving, cycling, jogging and BBQ's.
Explore the Hauraki Gulf.
Favorite thing: If you have the money, charter a boat to explore the Hauraki Gulf, which is studded with islands. This view is from a favourite spot north of the city - Mahurangi Regional Park.Related to:
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