Welcome to Auckland, a.k.a. the City of Sails. So named because it is almost completely surrounded by water and boasts more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world. Of course, then there is Auckland's other name, its traditional name Tamaki Makau Rau. Versions vary as to what this means but the tourist literature seems to like the "desired by many" translation. Since Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and home to a third of the country's population we'll go with that!
|Santa and his Reindeer welcome shoppers downtown.|
|Downtown lunchtime concert in the park. We've been told that there is a|
hole in the ozone layer above New Zealand and to always use our sunscreen.
|Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. |
For a thrill, you can bungee jump off the tower over the downtown traffic.
|The easiest mode of transportation into the city from our village is the ferry.|
It runs all day long and drops off right downtown at Auckland's old Ferry Building.