New Zealand Tour 17th October

New Zealand Tour 17th October is part of our travel blog

We arrived at Auckland airport at 9.45am on Friday morning and to be honest I didn't feel at all jet lagged. I think it may have been because we travelled via Hong Kong to Auckland instead of via Los Angeles. I'm not sure if the direction of travel round the earth makes a difference but last time I travelled via Los Angeles and had bad jet lag for two days after arriving.

Auckland, Mount Eden

First stop was Mount Eden. Mt Eden is a dormant volcano and the highest point in Auckland. It provides accessible fantastic views over Auckland city, Auckland Harbour, some of the many volcanoes dotted across the Tamaki Makaurau skyline, and the surrounding landscape to the sea and mountains in the distance.

Mount Eden view of Auckland New Zealand
Mount Eden view of Auckland New Zealand

Mangere Mountain Auckland is another one of around 50 volcanoes in the Auckland region that you can visit.

Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum Tree
Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain, Tree

Following our walk up Mt Eden we went for a visit to Auckland Museum. I really wanted to take my daughter there to show her some of the New Zealand history, Māori carvings and artifacts, and the evidence of NZ animals and birds that are now extinct such as the Giant Moa.

I absolutely love the magnificent trees in the grounds in front of the museum, they are fascinating. The museum stands in the Auckland Domain park which in itself provides a relaxing place to visit and includes a sculpture walk.

Auckland Museum

Maungatautari

We drove down to Out in the Styx Cafe and Guest House, Pukeatua Te, Awamutu RD, our accommodation. Before our evening meal was ready, once we had unpacked in our room, we went for a short walk. Tomorrow we were going on a hike in the Maungatautari bush.

Maungatautari

Maungatautari mountain view
Maungatautari mountain view

Giant Moa Auckland Museum

Moa at Auckland Museum