After a good breakfast we continued our
adventurous Auckland theme by climbing to the the very top (nearly)
of the Sky Tower.
We had to wear fetching orange suits, a harness and
a helmet. The first part to the observation deck is done in lifts,
one of which has a glass section in the floor. The last 80m of the
climb is up ladders inside the communications mast.
The climb was
hard work but not too bad. We stopped half way up for a drink and a
video about how Auckland was formed by volcanic action - the last
volcano only appeared 700 years ago and is expected to erupt again in
the next 400 years.
The views from the top were stunning.
You can see
how Auckland is nearly an island and how curvy the coastline is - as
the result of volcanoes.
You can also see how large the city is and
how far it spreads - though you don't get the crowded terrace 2 up 2
down housing here that you get in England. The climb down was harder
than the climb up, but I worked on the principle that the quicker you
get down the less it would hurt and then had to wait for Andrew at
After that we had a well earned drink before
meandering back down to the harbour and then up to Albert Park.
Albert Park looks very British, with a central fountain, ornamental
flower beds and a bandstand. The palm trees definitely wouldn't be
seen in a British park though. There is a definite nip in the air to
remind you that this is winter in this part of the world.
meandered back to town, stopping to browse in bookshops and get some
postcards and backpack patches. After writing postcards and brief
rest we decided to forgo the free meal and celebrate our last night
in Auckland with a nice meal out. We ended up in a nice place on the
seafront. I combined the two main foods of Auckland by having seafood
skewers to start with followed by lamb shank - this is the only
restaurant I've known that gives you the option of having one or two
lamb shanks. I then followed this up with an extremely good and large
cheeseboard. It had Brie, cheddar, blue Stilton and a smoked cheese,
2 decent sized slices of each, a huge pile of assorted biscuits,
grapes, orange, apple, pear and kiwi fruit. Andrew had vegetable
soup, salmon and chocolate brownie.
We then called into the Fox
for one, but they were having a quiz night and were quite full. At
the bar some bloke asked me to help him name cartoon characters.
Andrew reckons he was trying to chat me up. We then had a nice
relaxed pint in the Loaded Hog before heading back to the hostel for
a couple. On entering the bar I thought that someone was having some
sort of fit, waving their hands wildly about and suddenly ducking to
the floor, then I realised that they were doing virtual boxing.
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