Saturday 6 January
Most of the morning was spent just lazing around the hostel. When I finally got my skates on and went for a walk around the city, I was surprised at how dark Auckland was.
Aotea Square's Māori gate
Aotea Square is a large paved public area in the Auckland CBD, and was opened in 1979 by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson. It is next to Queen Street and is used for open-air concerts and gatherings, and markets and political rallies.
The White House
Sir Dove-Myer Robinson
Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, a former mayor of Auckland. This work dates from 2003 and is by the New Zealand sculptor Toby Twiss.
Later, I caught the Free City Circuit Bus, (it's bright red) to Wellesley Street, which meant a 10 minute walk back to the hostel. Here is the bus route.
I cooked pork sausages and fried potatoes for tea and sat on the front steps later with a couple of Brits drinking wine.
Tēnā koutou katoa
This is all about New Zealand - Aotearoa - and the time I spent there. Magical times, beautiful scenery, gushing geysers, thermal wonderlands. Hear about Waitangi Day, discover the meaning of the word "Aotearoa", see the Glaciers, read about hangis and Hakas, and visit the beautiful Bay of Islands. So come with me on a journey - a journey to The Land of The Long White Cloud.
CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE TRIBUTE 2011