Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Auckland – New Zealand Part 2: Favorites

Greetings Dear Readers!

Hope you all had a great Easter and enjoyed the weekend with family and loved ones! My holiday was quiet, giving me a chance to rest while still going through tons of photos from my long vacation last year.

Below are some of my favorite moments around the city. You’ll notice by the snapshots that Spring was in full bloom everywhere. The season started in September and going through November. It was a perfect time to visit. The air varies between very fresh to chilly, which meant for me to buy some sweaters to walk around town. But the trip was amazing and very interesting to me to see the other side of the world. Everything is completely different from what I’m accustomed to, but the experience was great nonetheless.

I mean where else would you have to explain to restaurant server what a cup of coffee consists of, or see horses and cows in your neighbors’ backyard.  Not good, not bad, just oddities, differences aside from driving on the wrong side of the street … <SNICKER>

From my experience, this is so far and by far the most environmentally conscious country I’ve yet had the pleasure to visit.

By my photographs you’ll see that I wanted to capture moments different from the average tourist shots. What I saw in the town where people who know to have a good time, eat well, play and share things together. Even the animals and birds seemed more natural and relaxed with lots of green shrubs or seeds to eat. I may write another post about where to eat around Auckland.

Hope you enjoy my photos and let know what do think!

Have a wonderful rest of the week. ☼ღ(◕‿◕)

Little Pony walks on the backyard of the home.

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328m (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline due to its height and unique design.

Auckland harbor.

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Love & Mr Lewis Flower shop at Ponsonby Central.

Another angle from the Albert Park.

I saw this adorable cat resting under the shade, I couldn’t resist the snap.


Albert Park with a view of the Sky City Tower.

A little history about the Western Park: The park dates back to the late-19th century, and is considered one of the city’s most distinguished open spaces. It may be considered Auckland’s oldest Municipal park as the Auckland Domain was created by Central Government. The original parcel of land set aside in 1871 consisted of a coffin-shaped wedge going from Ponsonby Road down to Beresford Street, with access to the park being gained from a very narrow frontage on Ponsonby Road. This was land on each side of the stream, which in pre-European times had been called Tuna-Mau by the local Māori, meaning ‘the trapping of eels’. The stream was one of several which emptied into Freeman Bay, now reclaimed as Victoria Park.

In 1873, the City Council decided to call for a new park design, and declared that the sum of ten guineas/pounds (then quite a sum) would be awarded as prize money to the creator of the winning design. Out of 11 different concepts that were submitted, the ‘Lily of the Valley’ design of Hammond and Blackmore was chosen for the new “City Park”. Western Park, as it was eventually called, was soon finished, at a cost of £200 and in 1874 the City Parks Committee did note that “upwards of 1100 deciduous and coniferous trees of the choicest kind [were] to be planted in the park.”

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A close up of Love & Mr Lewis’ flower shop.

Chapel Bar & Bistro – Ponsonby. It’s popular bar and bistro located on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Anglesea Road. When you hang out outside, you have a great view of the Sky Tower. The Chapel is at its best and liveliest on Sunday afternoons and in the evening. If you want to eat at the Chapel, the best time is at lunch when you’ll enjoy a great meal, beer and the decor in a tranquil atmosphere.

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Auckland – New Zealand

Auckland – New Zealand

Hello March and Welcome to Auckland – New Zealand!

A Brief History

Around 180 million years ago New Zealand broke away from a giant landmass called Gondwana and drifted nearly 3,000km south to where it sits today. Polynesians sailed here in the early 1300s, following their ancestor Kupe, who had named the country Aotearoa – “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman arrived in 1642, naming de land “Nieuw Zeeland.” European settlement began in 1769 with the arrival of British navigator Captain James Cook. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi confirmed New Zealand as a British colony and it became an independent nation in 1947.

Going through photos from my vacation last year to Auckland, I found the coolest suburbs that I’ve yet ever seen. It’s rich in culture with an interesting combination of people from all over the world. The city is kept clean, with an amazing selection of all types of food that are fresh, mostly organic and delicious. From authentic Italian food, to fine Thai, Indian cuisine and even amazing Argentinian BBQ. Japanese food is the best where you can taste the freshness of each bite in every meal that you ordered. You can sit and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying conversation with friends in any open space food court without the hustle and bustle of overcrowded malls and have a great time. There’s a bit of everything for anyone, vintage shops, high end clothes and accessories made from New Zealand’s independent designers that absolutely gorgeous, pricey, but so worth it. Also the city offers great art galleries as well as sometourist oriented gift shops.

People in general are very nice and courteous as much as they are health and environment conscious while enjoying spending their time out with friends, and family. Overall it’s a healthy and beautiful city with a great environment to live in.

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Auckland Waterfront.

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Old Ponsonby Post Office.

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The beautiful Western Park.

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Albert Park is a public park in central Auckland, popular with students and locals alike. A great place for relaxing in the sun, reading, studying or talking with friends.

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Auckland is surrounded by classic homes with a lot of greenery if not gardens.

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