Across the Tasman

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Views over Auckland Harbour-- Waitemata (sparkling waters) Harbour

Our journey begins outside our blissful beach cottage by hailing the once daily bus to the railway 25kms away.  Train to Sydney takes us through the stunning scenery of the Illawarra.  An overnight stay near the airport in a budget hotel and we are on our way early on Wednesday 30th November.

A pleasant flight to Auckland and in the luggage pick up area a beagle sniffer dog became interested in my backpack.  We identified a plastic bag that once had orange peel in it as the culprit and we were on our way to find a shuttle bus to take us to the hostel.  City Gardens Hostel in Parnell was to be our 1st stop for two nights.

Testing out the harbour by ferry
  It was an old large wooden house that had once been owned by the Queen of Tonga!  The hostel was clean and friendly and there were lots of condiments available for free use by the guests.  Twice a day I saw a large box of fresh baked breads placed in the kitchen for communal use with cheese bread, grain breads and bread sticks amongst the choices.

The next day we walked into the city CBD via the Domain park and went up the Sky Tower to view the city and were given a great amount of info on the past and present.  Using our knowledge gained form the viewing we headed for the Victoria Markets which are housed in an old brick building with a large chimney stack. This had once been the city's incinerator for garbage.  Crafts and clothing were sold in stalls here.  On we walked to the ferry terminal but became sidetracked by a large fish shop that had fresh fish, live fish and cooked fish on sale.  Bought some white bait fritters, delicious.  At the ferry terminal we just managed to catch a tour boat that took us out for an informative ride on Waitemata (sparkling waters) Harbour.  The Pahutekawa trees were just beginning to blossom with their deep red flower which will be in full display at Christmas time, hence the Aucklanders call it their Christmas tree.  During the trip we were given a free return ticket to use the Devonport ferry on another day.  The fare was $NZ30 which we thought was good value. 

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Testing out the harbour by ferry
Testing out the harbour by ferry
photo by: Fulla