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David’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

MapMarch 13th. Much brighter day today and much sunnier than expected. 🌞 Later start cos it was so nice to have a comfy bed with clean, non sandy sheets! Started with a trip up the Sky Tower to see how my fear of heights is doing - very well it seems. Super views though.
Wandered down to the waterfront to find it was the Auckland stopover of the round the world yacht race! Spent a couple of hours admiring the racing yachts and looking at the various displays. There was a mock up of one of the yachts you could walk through which was really interesting. Everything was left matt black because paint would weigh more! They carry no water but use desalination and the bunks were narrow and just netting but we were assured they were very comfortable! Walked up through the city and out through Albert Park to the Auckland Domain in the afternoon. All the many parks and green spaces are the remains of volcanoes so lots of uphill but worth it. Got up to the Wintergardens with its Fernery and Tropical and Temperate houses. Dropped back down through Auckland Uni campus admiring the clock tower on the way. Back to the hotel to pack for tomorrow and then out for a lovely meal on the waterfront and great night views of the city.