Yesterday, Bryan and I had the day off of WWOOFing, and we took the opportunity to take the commuter train into Auckland. When thinking of what we wanted to do with our day off, we knew for sure we wanted to go into the city, but not really what we wanted to do. When reading through our Lonely Planet guide-book we, we decided that we wanted to save visiting museums until Wellington (we get burned out on museums), and taking a ferry to an island sounded cool, but we are going to be in the bush a lot so we nixed that too. When we really thought about what we wanted out of Auckland, we just wanted to experience the city. Luckily our guide-book had a walking tour of Auckland, which took us to all the major sites that are located within the center of town. We lucked out in weather again, and had a nice partly cloudy day to walk around the city.
New cities can be intimidating when trying to be a tourist, so having a map with a walk already laid out was perfect for us! The walk started at Myers Park
Myers Park is a narrow park, with a walking path that runs down the middle, and is lined with large palm trees. At one end of the park there is a reproduction of Michelangelo’s Moses.
From Myers Park we headed down Queen Street and walked past Auckland Town Hall
And the Civic Center and Aotea Square
Waharoa Arch in Aotea Square, sculpted by Māori sculptor Selwyn Muru, and is an expressionist version of a traditional Māori entry gate. After a little people watching at the square, including a group doing tai chi, we headed over to Albert Park.
After walking for a little more than 3 hours the benches at Albert Park were a welcome sight!
Right next to Albert Park is the University of Auckland, we headed that way once our feet had a good rest, to take a look at The Old Government House and The University Clock Tower.
Once we left the University our stomachs were starting to grumble, and we were getting the thrust… for beer. So we headed over a few blocks, to a brew pub that Bryan had looked up called The Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery.
It was a nice restaurant, with a lot of people on business lunches. I enjoyed fish and chips with a pilsner, and Bryan had a cheese burger with a pale ale. It was a great lunch with good brews! What shocked us was the brews doubled our bill! So it may be safe to say that our alcohol consumption from here on out, will be from liquor stores.
Once done ,we were stuffed and ready to finish our walk. The next leg of our walk took us down Queen Street for some suuvenir shopping, then down to the waterfront. We took a left down Quay Street to head over to Viaduct Harbour and the Wynyard Quarter to get a few glimpses of the skyline and waterfront.
The Viaduct Harbor and Wynyard Quarter have just recently been rejuvenated into a happening district with bars and cafes, it really made me wish we were there for dinner. Since we arrived early (9am) my feet were killing me by 4pm, so we decided to call it a day and head back to our WWOOFer farm.
Over all Auckland was a great and pretty city! It is a city, and like most cities start to feel all alike, but it was definitely worthy of a day or two!
What cool things have you done in Auckland?
Any recommendations on how to sooth aching walked out feet, while touring?