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Published: March 13th 2013
Another beautiful day in Auckland. Blue skies, temperatures in the high 70s. We had a nice continental breakfast of croisssants, cheese, ham, muesli and fruit. We left Ponsonby House at 8:30 to give us plenty of time to get to the pier to catch our ferry to Waiheke Island. The cruise took about 35 minutes and then we boarded a bus for a tour of the island which has a population of 8000 but in the summer it is about 30,000. We stopped to view some of the island's beaches, Oneroa, Little Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi Beach. All are great for swimming and other water sport activities. Our bus driver suggested we get out at Onetangi Beach (which means weeping sand because of a battle waged there). We had lunch at the Beach Front Restaurant and had a walk on the beach before we caught a bus into the main village of Oneroa. There we spent time in some of the shops before boarding our bus back to the wharf for return to Auckland.
We had decided that we would follow the walking path to Mt. Eden which is a dormant volcano and offers some of the best panoramic
views of Auckland. We were not getting good directions from anybody, but we had a map which showed a walking path. We started walking towars Albert Park where we would pick up the trail. It was quite a long way from the pier, but we soldiered on, a lot of it uphill. We found ourselves on the campus of the University and walked through there until we were completely flumoxed. We were helped by 3 different students who pointed us in the right direction. Not once did we see any signs and one student even said Mount Eden was in the opposite direction. We continued on with our map and found ourselves surrounded by freeways, but we found a way to the Auckland Domain which had several walking paths. We seemed to be going in the right direction, but it was taking forever. By now, we had been walking for over 2 hours and were desperately wishing we had Greg's GPS and car. At any rate, we gave up the search knowing we might not back it until nightfall and now our goal was to get back to the busline which we could see on the map, but we had
Lunch at Beach Front Restaurant
no idea how far it was. We trudged on and finally got to the road where the bus would pick us up, found a Gourmet Pizza restaurant and had dinner after which we crossed the street to catch our bus back to Ponsonby House.
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