Exploring Auckland City – Trip Of Lifetime Day 10

Travel over Auckland CBD on foot and get fascinated by city life – this was our plan of the day. We set out to achieve our target of the day after having scrumptious breakfast Ray had prepared for us. Perks of staying at friends’ – you don’t need to worry about the food hence I am unable to recommend any restaurants or food places too but I will cover some in today’s post.

HI called our ride from uber that picked us up right at the doorstep and we headed towards Eden Gardens – a serene and peaceful sanctuary situated on Mount Eden. To get more information about the garden’s entry ticket and everything else please check out the link because we did not spend much time over there, I wanted to but we were running short of time, as always! *eyes roll*

Eden Garden Waterfall - Auckland
This was the waterfall inside garden ❤
Eden Garden Auckland
The serene and captivating natural environment 

We called another uber ride which took us to the CBD (Central  Business District) where we walked alongside busy roads, traversed the crowded streets and absorbed the city’s lifestyle; check pictures below.

Dilworth Building at Queen Street
The Dilworth Building decorated for Christmas festivities, one of the remaining stately older buildings along Queen Street
Britomart Transport Centre
Britomart Transport Centre on right and that old building at the centre is Ferry Terminal
Queen Street view from Britomart Transport Centre
Queen Street view from Britomart Transport Centre
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Britomart Transport Centre
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A cruise at Queens Wharf
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A sea gull at Waterfront – Warning: Do not expose your food to them :p
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Ferry Terminal at Princes Wharf – people lined up to board water taxi
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Waterfront – We rested there for awhile, had fresh fruits, energized up and resumed the walking tour. P.S. Saw Nando’s at the right side of road here, heard it is halal. You can double check. Oporto – a burger chain, is halal for sure though.
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Walking towards the Viaduct – Sky Tower peeking through 😉
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Enroute The Viaduct
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Wynyard Crossing bridge at left and Sky Tower in view
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View from ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
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Inhaling in fresh crisp air at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and ignoring Sky Tower.. Lol 
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Wynyard Quarter – It is a nice happening place with lots of food options, bars, cafes and water views
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Love Locks at Wynyard Quarter
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Sea plane lands at North Wharf

Below is the video of  sea plane cruising over water at North Wharf. Look out for the moment when pilot waves back to E, that was so nice of him 🙂

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Cafes, Bars and Restaurants at Madden Street
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Wynyard crossing bridge opening for the cruise
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Britomart Railway Station – one of the main railway stations of city
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Train arriving at the platform
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Inside the train

If you are an art lover than you can check out Auckland Art Gallery at Kitchener Street beside Albert Park. People recommended us Victoria Park too but we called it a day at 7 pm and took the train back home as some more friends were coming to join us for dinner. You can have a look at the itineraries they propose in their map for a complete list of To-Dos based on your preference.

Proposed 1 Day itinerary
Proposed day itineraries for Auckland CBD

Daylight lingers till 8:30 pm there and we were having our dinner around dusk which looked so weird but that is how life rolls in that part of the world. Ray had cooked finger licking Lamb Roast with rice and pizzas, we ended up overeating – our dilemma forever that is. I regret not taking pictures of the food she served 😦
Nevertheless, we had a pleasant day checking out Auckland’s CBD and some of the main attractions. Hope you enjoyed exploring the city through my lens and it helps in chalking out your plan if you are looking to visit Auckland soon. Check out what we did on our last day at the major city before flying to the South island in the upcoming post of the series. Stay tuned 🙂

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