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October 7 Auckland, New Zealand

October 7 Auckland, beautiful city, quaint, friendly people!

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October 7, Auckland, New Zealand

We were docked in Auckland, New Zealand and ready to disembark for the day by 10:00 AM.
This was the morning view:

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It was a little overcast and cool but no rain, so we had a quick bite of breakfast, grabbed our jackets and headed out. Bought a 24 hour pass for the Hop On-Hop Off Bus and spent the next few hours checking out the beautiful city of Auckland from the vantage point of the bus and with information commentary on the city’s highlights.

From our ship’s daily bulletin: “Auckland is home to more than one million people and represents the largest urban city in New Zealand. It’s waterside location has fostered the locals’ love affair with the sea, earning this place the nickname ‘City of Sails’. Auckland lies across an 11 km wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbours - the Waitemata and the Manukau - and is a water lover’s paradise with that is believed to be the largest boat ownership per capital in the world.”

We saw the Bastion Point Lookout with panoramic views over the city and harbour, and drove by the Sea Life area where they have marine life including Sharks, stingrays, and Antarctic penguins.

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We stopped at the Parnell Rose Gardens, with over 5000 varieties of roses! The city is full of beautiful flowers and amazing, huge trees! The Eden Garden is beautiful.

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And the Museum:

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We passed by some wonderful cathedrals, some old, some very old gothic style cathedrals.

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And of course we had to see Eden Park, home of NZ’s largest sports stadium and home of the famous All Blacks Rugby Team. I’m pretty sure I saw an All Black’s game her in 1999 when Terry and I came with the Winston Churchill Rugby Team!

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We passed the zoo:

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We got off the bus at Parnell Village, a long street with boutique shopping and eateries and charming historic buildings. We stopped for some yummy carrot-ginger soup and sour dough bread, and then walked for another half hour, popping into little shops before we returned to the ship.

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And i might have had a delicious beer!

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And their YIELD sign:

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And their FLAG:

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We had done enough walking and sightseeing for the day, (and we are recovering from cough/cold) so we just stayed on the ship for the next few hours until it set sail at 8:00 PM. Another memorable sunset.

We headed to dinner in the BLU Restaurant where we again had a lovely meal. I had rib eye steak salad (so yummy) and Sharon had rib eye steak I think this is their signature meal and you can cut it with a fork!!

We were surrounded by the most interesting people (this could say the weirdest of all people on a cruise, depending on your point of view!!) and had some conversations that we might not want to repeat. People are so interesting/strange!! They might be saying the same about us haha.

Afterwards we hung out at the Martini Bar where we watched a performance of martini pouring, 12 martinis poured at once! It was so amazing, and fun to see!! Take a look...

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And then we went to see the Cruise Performers, in their show of dancing, singing and acrobatics. It was very interesting...so much talent!!

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Finally it was time for bed, to get some rest before we head out to the Bay of Islands tomorrow.. more to come, Carol on the go...

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Posted by carolonthego 13:00

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