“Around Auckland”


Auckland and environs, New Zealand. February 2018. (16 photos)

Back in February 2018 I spent a l-o-n-g weekend in New Zealand which is only about 3 hours away from Sydney by plane. I spent a few lazy days in Auckland and its environs. Here are a few photos from that trip…

“Auckland War Memorial Museum”



One of the dominating features of the Auckland skyline is the Sky Tower. If you can see it, you can orientate yourself.

“Sky Tower”

This was the view from my hotel room. If you look carefully at the cloud near the base of the tower on the left, you can see 2 wires passing over the cloud which lead to the top platform of the Sky tower. For those who dare, you can pay for the privilege to be hooked to the wires for the 192 metre fall to the ground which takes 11 seconds. In my room, I was able to hear the occasional scream from someone jumping.

“Above Auckland”

This is the view from the top of the Sky Tower nearing sunset. I could have made the jump but I chose to take the elevator back down.

“Gannet Colony”

The remnants of the Gannet Colony at Muriwai on the coast west of Auckland. Much of the colony had already left for Australia.

“Muriwai Rocks”

“Muriwai Beach”

The area is known for its black sand.

“If God had wanted man to fly, Mr. Wint…
…He would have given him wings, Mr. Kidd.”

Quote from the James Bond movie, Diamonds are Forever. Photo from Muriwai Beach.

“A place called Sandspit”

On the east coast, to the north of Auckland.

“Sand spitting toward the sea”

“Sandspit rocks”

“Linger a while”

“A leaky boat”

At the Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Trail

“Utopia is here”

Makes sense. After all, both Mount Eden and Eden Park are in Auckland.

So why would I interrupt my posts about Japan to post about an old trip to New Zealand?

Because I’ve been in New Zealand the past few days, and still am although I’ll be returning home soon, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to post photos from this current trip without catching up with photos from my previous trip first. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

More from Japan in my next post.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Intermission: Around Auckland 2018


46 thoughts on “Intermission: Around Auckland 2018

  1. I agree, if God wanted us to fly, he’d have given us wings. I’d never jump off that tower, no matter how thick the wire. I’d probably take the stairs too (clautrophobic here), no matter how tired my feet got. Or i”d just rented a room on the first few floors πŸ™‚

  2. Enjoy your holidays! Loved these pictures as New Zealand is a place I would very much like to see one day. Renting a camper an and touring the islands. It looks like such a beautiful country! πŸ˜€

    • The north and south islands each have their share of natural beauty. There are some stunningly beautiful landscapes north of Auckland, a city with a harbour on each side of it.

  3. Auckland is such a pleasant city. I’ve been there a few times, it was so close to New Caledonia. I got my TEFL (English teacher) certification there, so I got to know the city quite well. As usual, you captured all of its facets. Hope you’re having a fabulous time in NZ!!

  4. What an enjoyable break, Lignum! I’m familiar with the War Museum, as one of the routes on the treadmill at the health club includes coming up to it. πŸ™‚ I’m also glad to know where Utopia is, so thanks for sharing that.


  5. Wonderful street and landscape photos all round, Dragon. I like how you showecased both the man-made city and nature… A lot of the time there is a big focus on New Zealand’s natural surrounds when its architecture is also a marvel. Travel safe πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much. Yes, New Zealand is big on diverse and great landscapes but the cities also have their share of vibe and atmosphere. I’ve found NZ to be a very “friendly” location.

  6. Great shots ~ your second one, capturing the reflections…very cool. You have a good eye to see it and I wonder how many people walking by never who have caught this sight?

    • Thank you very much. As you would have experienced for yourself, being a stranger in a different country makes us more alert to the everyday occurrences that locals might not respond to.

    • Thanks, Julie. I always have a great time in NZ, particularly during my trip to the Auckland area last year. I’m back home now but the South Island treated me well last week. πŸ™‚

  7. One of my walking friends has just returned from a 2 month visit to family there and is bubbling over with enthusiasm for the place. Very understandably! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I look forward to more.

  8. Gosh, it seems like forever ago that we were in Auckland (2015) Such a delight to revisit the place here through your lens. The picture of the city from your hotel room made me tear up as we spent a month in the marina you can see from your window! Thank you so much for the tour.

  9. Wonderful pictures!! And that Mural on the wall… wow, that must be the best street art. I like the way the wheelie bins make a sharp contrast.. finding beauty in plain places! 😎

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