|View of Auckland city from the Waitemata Harbour|
Auckland is a city of loveliness, blessed as it is with a magnificent harbour, scattered with jewel-like islands, stunning beaches, some less than 10 minutes drive from the CBD, a diverse population, cool and shady bush walks within half an hour's drive, a wide selection of wineries to choose from and a vibrant café culture, so what's not to like? There are a myriad of activities for stay at homes, like myself, or visitors, including any number of water based activities. This summer has been perfect with hot clear sunny days for the last five weeks, lifting everyone's spirits.
|Betty Hoops, busker,|
Auckland's 175 year celebration
|Holiday in downtown|
|Visitors pass a photo of Auckland Harbour, 1906|
This weekend Auckland celebrated 175 years since it became a city and all stops were pulled out to celebrate. The downtown area was abuzz with activities as varied as free tours of the ports of Auckland, a Seafood Festival, a fireworks display over the harbour, the annual yachting regatta with over 1000 boats taking part, exhibitions of the history of Auckland, a buskers festival, a craft market, Laneway music festival, even the creation of a beachside sunning area transforming the Queen Elizabeth square downtown. And this weekend was really only the start of many festivals to come over the next few weeks. As I said, what's not to like about Auckland in the summer?
|...and with glorious days come glorious sunsets (taken from my home)|