A day in Auckland
Another highly anticipated stop on our cruise Down Under was Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city built around two harbours. Located on the North Island, the greater Auckland geography and topography is dominated by ancient volcanoes. These volcanoes are easily viewed from the iconic Sky Tower, which stands 328 meters (1,076 feet) tall and has a rotating restaurant at the top. Sky Tower is a short walk from the cruise ship berth in the harbour. Nina and I ate lunch at the rotating restaurant and enjoyed amazing views! One full rotation of the restaurant took over an hour. We had a great day in Auckland!
During our day in Auckland we toured the famous Queens Street shopping district where we saw many familiar retail stores and many restaurants. We found the Kiwi people to be very friendly and accommodating. Auckland is a very walkable city and Sky Tower dominates the skyline, which can serve as a good landmark if you get lost in the city.
Facts & Figures
— Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zealand comprising over 30% of NZ’s total population
— The native Maori people are of Polynesian decent who settled present day NZ around 1350 A.D.
— Sky Tower is constructed to withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake on the Richter scale within 20 km of the tower
— The topography of Auckland is dominated by volcanoes, which can easily be seen in panoramic views from Sky Tower
— Auckland is the only city in the world built on an active basaltic volcano field (the individual volcanoes are considered extinct while the volcano field is considered dormant)
— We found Auckland to be easily walkable from our cruise ship port
— There are many shops, retailers, and restaurants along Queens Street
— Similarly to Australians, the Kiwis speak their own unique version of the English language; we recommend the Handy Guide… book below
— Currency used in New Zealand is the NZ Dollar (NZD or NZ$); however, many retailers also accept the Australian Dollar
1 Peter 5:7 – New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
If you are a world trekker like us and want to become more ‘worldly’, then you will want to try our books below. Thanks to the former British Empire and current Commonwealth, the English language is widely spoken across the world, however it is spoken quite differently depending on where you are traveling. We believe the books below are essential to worldly trekkers and think you will find them both fun and informative. The books include a dictionary of everyday words and phrases, traditional cuisine, some history and culture, and other handy information. Simply click on the book covers below to find out more:
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