Auckland Photo Gallery
I originally didn't plan to visit Auckland, but flights from Queenstown back to Australia were quite expensive, and it only costed slightly more to route through Auckland. So I added this town to my itinerary for an extra day. Unlike the countryside and natural beauty I experienced on South Island, Auckland is the typical city with skyscrapers, busy streets - in other words, not so interesting.
Town Hall was built in 1911 and restored in the 1990s for conventions and events. The Great Hall can accomodate some 1500 people and has the largest pipe organ in the country.
The University of Auckland was established in 1883 and consists of both historic and modern buildings.
The Auckland High Court was completed in 1868 next to Government House in the Gothic Revival style. The building has continuously been used as a courthouse.
The area has many other historic buildings although it is only possible for tourists to admire them from the outside.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the CBD :
In the 1870s, this part of town was reclaimed to build port facilities and a new business district. However, Britomart began to decline a century later and thetrain station was redeveloped into a bus terminal in the 1930s. Luckily, the city realized its heritage needed to be preserved and the area has been restored.
The tourist brochures suggest several islands for day trips. I didn't have much time on my short Auckland visit so I settled with Devonport for a panoramic view of the city. The short ferry ride already offered lots of views as well.
It is an easy climb up Mount Victoria, the highest volcanic cone on Devonport.
After a quick few hours, I was back in the city to continue my walking tour of the revitalized Wynyard Quarter.
For more greenery in the city, I headed to Auckland Domain. The War Memorial Museum charged a hefty admission, so I skipped it and roamed the grounds instead.