Today was our ďfree dayĒ. When we booked the trip we had no idea how we would feel after travelling 28 hours so we added a day to recover from travelling if need be. Turned out we both felt pretty good this morning so we decided to walk around downtown Auckland and walk we did. The handheld GPS recorded us walking 22 kilometers today. Happy Waitangi Day. It's a public holiday today so most businesses were closed but many stores were open, at least the ones downtown.


A view of downtown Auckland from the raised walkway in Silo Park.


A lot of the waterfront use to be industrial, over a number of years it is being turned into public space filled with parks, trendy restaurants, museums, shops and interesting looking buildings. Iíve cut this photo into an odd size to hide the construction around these two buildings. The front of each building is covered with small pieces of metal --- one is vertical the other horizontal.

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The photo on the left is a street view taken from the raised walkway. The photo on the right is the ornate fencing built between 1913 and 1923 to enclose the Queen Street Wharf.

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Proof Iím in Auckland.

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I always love seeing building from different eras together as seen in the left photo. The Auckland University clock tower is Aucklandís architectural triumph. The tower was built in 1926.

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The Sky Tower is 328 meters high. For a price you can jump off of it or walk on the edge of one of the viewing platforms. We passed on both of these activities. I donít usually post photos of food but the presentation was so unique I thought it was worthy of posting. Ed chose Espetada which is chicken thighs, peppers and red onion on a skewer.

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The sparrows in Auckland are very cheeky. If a restaurant keeps a door open, a sparrow will fly in and see if it can find any food. This one sat on the top of the bench staring at our food.