Tuesday 8 May 2012

buttons abroad: exploring auckland

Continued  from  last week..

The next day we woke up early, it was a lovely bright day. We headed to the i-Site, i-Sites are tourist information centres located in most cities and towns throughout New Zealand. The staff have a lot of knowledge and can give you lots of information and can also book everything for you from accomodation, to travel to activities. We met Elsie at the isite and she helped us to organise the rest of our trip. I would thoroughly recommend visiting the i-Sites to help you plan your trip.

R and I both had the Auckland bridge climb on our list of things to do. Elsie our new found friend from the i-Site arranged this for us. They had spaces left for that very same afternoon so we grabbed the opportunity. We got picked up  from outside the i-Site and got driven to their base near the bridge. We had to change into some trendy grey and black overcoats! before we got taken out.

In our group there was me, R, one other lady and our guide, so it was a nice small group and we had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and get some recommendations on places to eat and things to do. We had a lead thing which hooks onto your overcoat and hooks onto the bridge and moves along with you whilst your walking, to keep you safe incase you slip! I found the walk relatively easy, the guide led the way and we followed. Unfortunately they don't allow you take your camera so couldn't take any pictures, but it was a great experience, the sun was shining and we had beautiful views over Auckland. I would recommend the bridge climb for people of any age (as long as your not afraid of heights!)

Following the walk we got driven back to the i-Site. We went for a walk around the harbour and had an early dinner at one of the restaurants.

I got back to the hotel to find that my suitcase had arrived intact, which made me really happy! All in all it was a good day. My trip was improving and I went to bed looking forward to the following day, a day trip to Rangitoto Island, a 600 year old volcano. I shall share that with you next time!

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the sky tower and Auckland harbour.

Sita xoxo


  1. oh gosh, all such beautiful images! and so very jealous that you are exploring new zealand. the mister and i have always wanted to go there!!! hopefully sooner rather than later ;)
    xo TJ

    1. It's an amazing country! Lots to see annd do. Would definitely recommend a visit :) xx

  2. lovely pics...thanks for sharing them ...:)

  3. Beautiful pictures - the water looks like it's made of diamonds ;)



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