Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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What I did
When I woke up today, it was still raining, but I had planned to go to out whatever the weather, so dragged myself out of bed and into the rain. I caught the bus to Parnell, which is one of the oldest areas of Auckland, with lots of heritage buildings. When I arrived, I walked down to Judge's Bay, the last inland bay in Auckland. It was a lovely peaceful place, and I was the only one there, so I just sat a while and watched all the interesting birds, which posed for pictures very nicely
After that, I headed off to see two old buildings; Ewelme Cottage and Kinder House. Unfortunately, both were closed, but they did look nice from the outside! I then quickly popped in to St Mary's, a wooden Gothic Revival church, where Sir Edmund Hillary's state funeral was held.
Finally, I went to the Auckland Museum, and it was well worth the visit. The Mauri treasures are extraordinary, especially the 50ft war canoe and the meeting house, which you are allowed to enter. I also liked their natural history exhibit, with stuffed examples of all their native birds, including the rare kiwi! Another favourite was the volcano section, including a simulation of what it would happen in there was a volcanic eruption in Auckland. They had a cast from Pompeii of an adult male who had sunk down against a wall, covering his face from the ash and fumes, which was really striking.That's another thing I'd like to see in the future - Pompeii!
Also did a bit of family history whilst I was there, and discovered some interesting information about my New Zealand relatives!
So I am now sitting in a cafe on Parnell Road, making full use of the free wifi! Tomorrow - Rangitoto!