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December 27th 2009
Published: December 28th 2009
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So finally we start getting a few days of sunshine! We were really starting to wonder. Everyone has been a bit worried actually and talking about how bad the weather has been this year and usually it is a lot better. I hoped we had not brought some sort of British curse with us! Well as the sun was shining and it was the weekend we decided it was time to start figuring Auckland out. The Viaduct had been mentioned as a place to check out so it seemed a good enough place to start. It's only around a 20 minute walk to get there from Parnell and it was very pleasing as we walked along to finally be able to take our sweaters off even if it was a bit windy. We walked along Quay street by the obviously busy working harbour and we found where all the ferries leave from to go the places like Davenport, Waiheke and Rangitoto jaunts that we will obviously have to take at some point in the future.

Auckland is known as the City of Sails and arrival at the Viaduct Harbour tells you why, yachts and sailing boats abound of all sizes and varieties. I'm not generally good on the water and usually have to take something to survive the journey but I got roped into the image of relaxing on my boat on a day out on the water, husband at the helm, a nice bottle of wine.........ok snap back to reality. At the Viaduct their is an assortment of bars and restaurants to tickle your fancy and most have views out onto the harbour which is nice and relaxing. We tried to be good at first just going for a walk, reading out the names of the boats, thinking about the name of our future boat (reality obviously did not last long for us) until eventually the downstairs bar at the 'Kermadec' called out to us and we ended up having a few beers enjoying the last of the evening sunshine. We have actually recently sampled the food at the 'Kermadec' and it was not disappointing. If you enjoy fish I would safely recommend it though the prices are on the steeper side and for us it is an experience to repeat though maybe not a frequent one Kermadec .

Overall there is a considerable feeling of pleasure living so close to the water. We are eager now for summer to really begin and to start exploring all the beaches that NZ has to offer.

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