Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Well I have not written in a while but I guess my recent experiences have been very Auckland based and I guess not necessarily that exciting. Summer has slowly slipped away and we are now entering winter. If this is winter though I can definitely manage as the sun is still shining! So this week I decided to take advantage and discover some of the parks that Auckland has to offer and I have not really been disappointed. It has also been an opportunity to get the camera out which I have not done in such a long time I nearly forgot the joy I get when I get in that picture taking zone.
Auckland can get harsh reviews but I find it a great place to live. I guess the experience of living here for an extended stay to just a short holiday is probably very different. Especially if you start comparing it to other places in New Zealand. Yes NZ has a lot to offer! In Auckland though there is never a park that is that far away where you can go to enjoy your lunch, or a stroll or for the kids to play and they are
Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
usually very well kept and maintained.
My first stop was Western Park in Ponsonby. It has the tallest and most beautiful trees which makes this park dramatic and a little bit unique. It appears to have an interesting walking/exercise track if you are into that as well. You know the ones where you can stop along the way and do specific exercises.
On Tuesday I finally climbed to the top of the volcanic cone, Mount Eden! It was only a short walk from the city centre to the bottom of the hill and then a short hike to the top following a very easy track and you can follow the road if you prefer. You can actually drive to the top which most people appeared to be doing. I guess it is not technically a park but there is plenty of space to sit down and relax if you like and I actually found a spot away from the visiting crowds to lay down my towel, enjoy a bit of sunshine and read my book. It has beautiful views across the City which you can enjoy. There is not much to the hill itself apart from appreciating it's
Auckland, New Zealand
spiritual significance and as such you are not allowed to enter the crater itself.
On Wednesday a bit of a longer walk from home but definitely worth it was going to Western Springs. With its setting around a beautiful lake it is a great place to find and for me take picture of many birds. As usual to New Zealand these birds are not shy and are used to be fed and they flock you. I actually had to keep backing away from them to take better pictures as they kept coming too close to me. When I sat to eat my lunch I felt obliged to share it with them 😊 It is also close to the ZOO and Motat if you are interested in checking these out as well. It is a great way to spend a leisurely time winding down and enjoying a walk around the lake!
So three new parks over three different days, not a bad way to spend your time in Auckland if you have the time like me that is. Lets just say that now the weather has changed so I am glad that I grabbed the opportunity when I did.
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