Trip Start Mar 07, 2006
56Trip End Jun 30, 2006
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Auckland's nightlife seems pretty vibrant on the weekends. Not realizing perhaps that it's actually tomorrow (compared to Ireland), they held Saint Patrick's Day a week early for some reason, with a big pub crawl last night and a downtown parade today on Queen Street. Go figure.
Today, I headed out to Parnell, which is an inner-city suburb full of quaint little shops, art galleries, craft stores, glass, jewellery, cafes and such. Very pretty. Very pricey. I visited the Auckland Museum, which is sort of an abridged version of everything. Ground floor tells the story of the Polynesian and Maori people, first floor is sort of a natural history museum, and the second floor is a war museum and memorial. There was also a performance of Maori song and dance, which contained all the made-for-tourist kitch you might expect and probably very little authentic Maori culture, but was fun nonetheless. This afternoon I visited the aquarium, which included live penguins in a simulated Antarctic environment. They're really kinda cute.
Tomorrow I'm off to start exploring the rest of the North Island. Later!