We checked into our room at Sky City, one of those windows on the left in the above image, and returned to the front of the building where the Sky Tower is firmly planted.
We then headed up to Mount Eden,
the volcano that erupted 28,000 years ago and left a 165 foot crater.
Being one of the highest points in Auckland, it provides a spectacular view of the city.
Time for lunch, so we headed up to Brown's Bay
with its plentiful cafes and ice cream shops.
Being still on the cusp of Spring, the beach was pretty empty.
And that's okay by me!
Of course, I always have my eye out for any form of wildlife and was treated with this fellow.
It's a Pukeko, a common bird, also called Purple Swamphen in other parts of the world.
I was amazed to learn that most birds in New Zealand evolved to lose the ability to fly
or not do it very well. With no predators who ate bird or egg,
and with good food on the ground to eat, they gradually lost the power of flight.
By the way, there are no land snakes as well!
That, I like.
We had dinner in the city by the harbor which gave us an awesome
evening view of the Sky Tower.
The next day, we took a car ferry to Waiheke Island
where I'll share some of their beautiful landscape in the next blog.
More to come later, my friends,