We arrived in Auckland At 6:30 AM local time on Wednesday to a cool, cloudy day. In traveling from Indiana to Los Angeles to Auckland, we went from Monday, Sept.29th to Wednesday, Oct. 1st, in 20 hours. We went down to the waterfront for lunch -- fish and chips (french fries). We wandered from the waterfront up the "High Street" (actually, Queens St.), where there were about 3 banks per block.
On Thursday, we took a cab down to the waterfront again to catch the Auckland Explorer bus. This is a "hop on, hop off" type. With a one-day pass, we could ride to any stop, get off, look around, and catch the next bus an hour later. We stopped at the Antarctic Adventure to see some penguins, then rode the bus to the Auckland Museum, and finally took the bus to Parnell Village.
The redeveloped waterfront.
The Maritime Museum.
We haven't visited this yet.
The Auckland Museum has many exhibits, but the one that we spent all our time at was Polynesian Culture. They had a complete ceremonial house, a much smaller storage house,and a full size war canoe.
Polynesian Ceremonial House
Parnell Village in an old stretch of Parnell Road that has been revitallized. It now has lots of restaurants, including some that looked very fine, as well as art galleries, boutiques, etc., but no banks.
Right now, it is 11 AM here in Auckland, on Friday, Oct.3rd; at this same moment, it is 6 PM on Thursday evening in Indiana. At least, that is as close as I can figure it.
I have not yet solved the riddle of how to upload images to my web site from the hotel computer, so the pictures will have to wait a bit.