One week in Auckland:)
  • Day8

    Auckland Aquarium

    September 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Visited the Auckland Aquarium and viewed the penguins and other species of fresh and salt water species.
    Built in disused sewage storage tanks, the aquarium used a new form of acrylic shaping, which allowed curved tunnels rather than viewing areas with flat panels only, as in previous aquariums. The project is also one of the first to use conveyor belts to slowly move people through the viewing areas.Read more

  • Day7

    Tiritiri Matangi Island

    September 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Walking through the undergrowth and enjoying the RSP trees (Rapid Shade Producing) that have been planted to reestablish the forest and ecosystem on the island.

  • Day7

    Tiritiri Matangi Island

    September 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A 75 minute ferry ride brought us to this bird sanctuary where Jonathan, our guide took us on a 3 hour walk to find out all about this beautiful place. He started by giving us Maori names Richard was pohutukawa, Astro good native tree and I was tieke a bird ado known as a saddleback.He taught us how to identify a number of different birds and to listen for their calls. It was very peaceful and a credit to the two men who had the vision to reestablish an open sanctuary and recreate the conditions that existed on the island prior to European settlement.Read more

  • Day7

    Tiritiri Matangi Island

    September 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Tiritiri Matangi Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, 3.4 km (2.1 mi) east of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in the North Island and 30 km (19 mi) north east of Auckland. The 2.2 km2 (1 sq mi) island is an open nature reserve managed by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Incorporated, under the supervision of the Department of Conservation and is noted for its bird life, including takahē, North Island kōkako and kiwi. It attracts between 30,000 and 32,000 visitors a year, the latter figure being the maximum allowed by the Auckland Conservation Management Strategy.
    The first people to settle on the island were Māori of the Kawerau iwi. Later, members of the Ngāti Pāoa moved to the island, like the Kawerau partly for shark fishing until about 1700, when the Kawerau regained control and remained until forced to retreat to Waikato in 1821 when Hongi Hika attacked from the north. There were two pā, Tiritiri Matangi Pā and Papakura Pā.

    European (Pākehā) settlers arrived in the early 19th century. In 1841 Ngāti Pāoa sold the land to the crown as part of the Mahurangi Block. When the Kawerau returned, friction ensued as both peoples had a claim to the island. In 1867 the Māori Land Court awarded title to the Crown.

    A lighthouse was constructed near the southern end in 1864, and remains in operation. In 1956, a xenon light source was fitted to the lighthouse, creating the most powerful light-beam achieved at the time by a New Zealand lighthouse. It had an output of 11 million candle-power and a range of 58 nautical miles, making it one of the most powerful lights in the world; most lights shone for 27 nautical miles.

    The island was farmed from the mid 1800s to 1971, when the lease expired. Management was then vested in the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board and converted into a wildlife sanctuary with strict rules and regulations for visiting to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
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  • Day6

    Te Motu Vineyard

    September 21, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Very unassuming family vineyard with an amazing menu of share plates that Jenny rated 10/10 for her meal of Potato dumplings in Gorgonzola sauce.
    I had an equally outstanding meal of Beef ribs that was delicious.
    Unpretentious yet a quite sophisticated approach to wine and food.
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  • Day6

    Kennedy Point Organic Winery

    September 21, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We walked about 25 minutes to this small boutique organic winery that uses seaweed to fertilize its grapes and it only produces 2-3 barrels of wine per season.
    It is renown for its Syrah vintage which is somewhat like a Pinot Noir.We tasted some olive and avocado oil as well here and sat looking at the beautiful Pohutukawa trees that are 300 years old. They would have been so much fun to climb and reminded me of the Faraway tree!Read more