Auckland, New Zealand – The Road Trip Begins

February 13, 2014

Auckland

I’m slowly getting used to the idea that it is summer here in New Zealand. The biggest snow storm of the year hit DC as we were beginning our month long road trip from Auckland to Queenstown. While we were strolling the streets of Auckland in short sleeves a friend sent us a photo of our yard, now blanketed in a foot of heavy wet snow.

 

Auckland

The 20 minute drive from the airport into Auckland took much longer during the morning commute hours. Once we were in the city center, however, the traffic was tolerable and we easily found the Hotel DeBrett. We left our bags at the hotel, found a cup of much needed coffee and started the Lonely Planet walking tour of the city, starting at St Kevin’s Arcade and ending at Wynyard Quarter along the harbor.

St Kevin's Arcade

St Kevin’s Arcade

Myers Park

Myers Park

Auckland  - Wynard Quarter

Auckland looks much like other pretty coastal cities of the developed world, although its mixed architectural styles- old colonial, Deco, 20th century modern – give the city a theme park feel.

Auckland

Auckland

The largest city in New Zealand, Auckland has a young playful vide – goat statue in the park, shipping containers turned into an outdoor reading room, colorful lanterns hanging in the trees for the Lantern Festival, and lively pedestrian zones.

Wynard Quarter

Wynard Quarter

Wynard Quarter

Wynard Quarter

University Clock Tower

University Clock Tower

Albert Park - Lantern Festival

Albert Park – Lantern Festival

Albert Park - Lantern Festival

Albert Park – Lantern Festival

NZ was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote

NZ was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote

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