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17 November 2013 @ 09:23 am
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Sitting in Wellington airport waiting for a connecting flight to Queenstown, with a couple of hours at hand, so what better to do than update here. It's been a week so far, and a pretty amazing one at that.

Sunday last week we flew into Auckland airport. As you enter the main body of the terminal you pass through a carved gate and are greeted by Maori song; we are being sung into the country following Maori tradition. The Maori welcome - or Powhiri is a reminder that this country, while so close to home, still has traditions and a culture far removed from mine.

We spent the next day exploring the city via bus, harbour cruise and also through the viewing windows of Skytower, which at over 1000 feet is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. Part of the viewing platform has a glass floor - it felt as though you were standing in space, and not something I could do for long!

Auckland museum
Auckland museum.

Auckland skyline
Auckland skyline, taken from the harbour.

bridge view skytower
View of the harbour from the 51st floor of the Skytower.

Standing on the glass floor in the viewing platform. I feel dizzy just looking at the photo. See how high up it is? There were people jumping off the 60th floor - hurtling downwards on some sort of flying fox thingy - called Skyjump. Only for the brave!

maori gate in town centre
Carved Maori gate in the town centre.

maori gate closeup
Close-up of the carving on the gate.

town hall and skytower

Skytower vs clock tower, interesting juxtaposition.
Current Location: New Zealand, Auckland
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Trepkos: Crikey by Frimframtrepkos on November 17th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
miwahni: Firefly Can't take the skymiwahni on November 17th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
I had to take it slowly - first dipping a toe onto the glass while the other foot was still firmly planted on a timber surface, then slowly edging out. Took the photo and then scampered back to my illusion of safety!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on November 17th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)

One of my colleagues lived and worked in Auckland for several years so it's really fun to see photos of the place... and I would have loved the glass platform. :D
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on November 17th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
The glass platform was a bit terrifying to this little duck who doesn't like heights. The elevator also had glass floor and front wall, so I had to face the back.
ali15sonali15son on November 17th, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
You sound like you are having a fantastic time-lucky you!
miwahni: Pros Mixed doubles canonmiwahni on November 17th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you - yes I am! It's been wonderful.
moonlightmead on November 17th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you for this! The only views of New Zealand I have seen have been the more rural areas, and the ploppy ploppy mud... erm... ploppy things. I have never seen the urban parts, and that looks not at all as I might have imagined. You sound like you're having great fun: good!

Love the combination of Maori and European and old and new. The Skyview is a leeetle worrying. I think I'd make myself walk on it just for the ability to say I'd done it. As for the Skyjump... hmm... :)
miwahni: Pros Never far awaymiwahni on November 17th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're enjoying. There are some rural / agricultural photos to come, and some steam pools (not ploppy mud though) but also some city shots around Wellington, for a balanced view.

That's what I did - ease myself slowly onto the glass, just so I could say I've done it. Then scurry back to safety!