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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport April 12th 2018

Blog 26 Part 1: Auckland, New Zealand, April 9 ,2018 – Weather forecast: partly cloudy; passing showers; temperature 22°C, wind 9kts (3 Beaufort) Auckland is situated on a narrow strip of land that forms the most northern peninsula on the North Island. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is described as one of the loveliest cities in the world and according to a number of surveys, one of its most livable. Maori tribes settled the area as early as the 1300’s long before Europeans came in the 1840’s. Our docking berth was right in the core of the city giving us easy walking access to many sites. Today the excursion John and I took promised to take us to some coastal fortifications. After boarding a twenty-passenger bus we followed a route from the dock area in central ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport February 25th 2017

We were fortunate to have fairly smooth seas on our six day voyage to Samoa. That’s lots of sea time to catch up on shipboard activities like gym workouts, water aerobics, star gazing, reading, playing Hand & Foot (a lively version of Canasta), listening to Dr. Mark Elovitz's excellent current events lectures and contemplating the state of the world while transiting this vast ocean. We crossed the Equator and the International Dateline skipping January 21 in the process and arrived in Samoa on a sunny, hot Sunday morning. Many of the South Pacific islands became very Christianized over the last century and thus adhere to some strict rules regarding allowable activities on the Lord’s Day. In essence Samoa is closed on Sunday with the exception of church services. The Silver Whisper’s tour director Clive did an ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport November 27th 2016

Geo: -36.8258, 174.797Ferried over to Devonport and explored the town.Had a yummy lunch - Kate had corn fritters and Derek had beef curry.Back to Auckland for the Santa Parade.Picked up Sarah from the end of her Contiki tour, with two Cornwall friends - Jade and Amy.Back to the apartment for a cuppa and a catchup.Out for really yummy Indian for dinner :-) ... read more
Corn fritters and beef curry
Santa Parade

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport April 26th 2015

Hi everyone, Today we were heading back to Auckland; we had to get up early as our bus back was at 0810. We woke to the chorus of the Asian girls drying their hair!!! They were heading to the Waimoto Forest we had gone to yesterday, so we gave the guy some tips on where to stop and everything. We left the keys of our rental car at the reception and headed off to the bus. It was only a 5 min walk from the hostel so we got there early and had a relaxing sit around. Our bus turned up a bit late, we had the chattiest bus driver ever!!! He would not shut up!!! About 10 minutes into the bus journey a girl at the back piped up and said our luggage has all ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport July 23rd 2014

We got up and had a good breakfast and saw that it wasn't raining. So we decided to use our free ferry tickets to Devonport. We sauntered down to the ferry only to wave goodbye to the noon ferry. We only had to wait half an hour for the next one. We are getting very good at sitting around waiting. Now in my bag is always a crossword puzzle! The ferry ride was just 12 minutes and they didn't waste time waiting for stragglers we set off promptly. The ferry ride was uneventful (thank goodness!). We got off the ferry to a small town. I feel like I repeat myself at all places visited but the pace of life in New Zealand is slower and more laid back. The locals are incredibly friendly and when we ... read more
'Disappearing Gun' 1899 cannon at Fort Victoria in Devonport
Mount Victoria view from Devonport back to Auckland city centre

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport March 31st 2014

Tuesday 25th An early start as we drive to the other side of Wellington to the VW garage to get some special fluid put in the van. The warning light’s been on for 5 days. We then set off on a long days drive to Hastings, about 190 mile away. The scenery’s mainly rolling hills covered by sheep ! there’s 1000’s of them. Also a few 100 cows. In the back ground are dark menacing looking mountains but they’re miles away. We stop for lunch in Dannevirke, a Danish and Swedish settlement. The park’s quite nice with an aviary and lots of wild chickens with furry feet, they look like they’re wearing Ugg Boots. We soon set off again and I’m glad when we reach Hastings, it’s been a long drive. At tourist info we get ... read more
A misty morning in Taupo
Tin Tirau

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport December 6th 2013

Auckland is like the rest of New Zealand. Our hotel was right downtown on Queen Street. You walked down to the Pier and the water. But then it was uphill back to the hotel. The streets are built in the gorges it seems. The streets are full of international students and visitors and you are listening to many other languages being spoken. We walked to the Information Centre trying to avoid the steep uphill climbs. Going down is not easy either. (I wonder if lots of people have bunions here, because when you are walking downhill, your toes keep bumping the front of your shoes!) At the info centre, we watched some people getting their gear for the bungee jumping from the tower - $245 per jump! We just enquired about the city bus tour and ... read more
Nice Davenport house.
Statue of All Black Star at their Stadium
Sydney train

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport February 18th 2013

Managed to source a bike at the eleventh hour from Natural High. A well kitted out business with friendly, knowledgable staff. One of the lads there is ex 7Para RHA who came out to NZ 8 years ago with a Kiwi girlfriend and hasn't looked back. Set of first thing Monday and met Scottie (one of the lads from the curry night) on East Coast Road who was out training as he is yet another Triathelete! He gave me the heads up on the route I'd planned. As the day wore on I was glad to have heeded his advice, as what he doesn't know about cycling here isn't worth knowing. After a while I left the East Coast Road and found some minor roads to Long Bay Regional Park. I scooted about behind the dunes ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport July 8th 2012

An all day explorer pass for $16 lets you catch ferries buses and trains all day. The ferry accross to Devonport is quick and Auckland has such a pretty harbour. Our Magic Broomstick segway tour was brilliant! The segways are soo much fun to ride and the tour was interesting with a great mix of local stories, history, architecture, tunnels, stunning views and tasty treats to keep us all happy. Because we had a day pass we decided to jump on the first train to arrive when we got back to the city (the ferry terminal, bus stops and train station are all really close together on the harbour). We got out and had a look around Newmarket which is obvioulsy a high end suburb with lots of brand name boutiques so not really our style ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport May 8th 2012

Carla: We have been so lucky with the wonderful hospitality we’ve had ‘down under’, Sam & Bill continued the trend of top class, warm, friendly and energetic hosting when we arrived in Auckland. They once lived very near us in North London and have been lucky enough to de-camp to Devonport – a perfect peninsula just across the harbour from downtown Auckland – and have this gorgeous lifestyle of white clapboard houses, picket fences, organic delis, beaches and beautiful views in all directions. They are honest about the downsides of living in such a small suburb (the total population of Auckland is only 1.4million and Devonport has about 6000 people); they told us how “everyone knows everyone” and so you’ve got to make sure you remain discrete and careful when chatting to neighbours and parents in ... read more
At the Fire Station Calliope Road Devonport
North Head View 1
Devonport Fire Station Old Days

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