As I am still on holiday and likewise my youngest son we decided to do another road trip, this time our destination was Auckland, a one and a half hour drive on a good day from Hamilton.
I was grateful to have a driver as Auckland is our biggest city in NZ and bloody busy. Not sure I am ready for Motorway driving!! With the help of google maps on my phone we made our way to the city centre and parked in an underground car park right below our first destination.
Up out of the car park to the Aotea Square, what a vibrant place it was too, and the weather was stunning.
In the Aotea Centre The Art of Banksy exhibition was on and for the $37.50 per person I thought it was worth every bit of the entrance price. You were allowed to take photos as long as you didn't use your flash. So here we go!!
It was bloody awesome, so if you cannot get to this you sort of just have, with me. You are most welcome!!
We decided to go for a bit of a wander like tourists in our own country once again. We passed a very cool community garden and an old Church, both I thought were very cool.
Destination number two was The Sky Tower. All 328 metres (1076 feet) of it just beckoning us to go up.
OMG!!! The worst part was waiting in the que to purchase tickets for the lift ($29 each). I am so glad I went up, fricken amazing, even the lift with the glass bit in the floor, no I didn't look down, but I did look out the glass door as we literally whizzed up past the buildings at a super fast pace.
It took just over two years to build and cost $85million to construct!! The views were spectacular. I think I would like to go back again early evening and watch Auckland light up.
From there we headed back to the car and again with the help of google we made our way through the busy streets to The Auckland Domain to go to the Auckland War Memorial Museum on one of the many hills. As NZ residents our entrance price was a donation. I have not been here since a high school art trip - yeah that long ago!! This Neo Classical building was opened in November 1929 and cost 250 pounds to build.
Three floors of amazing permanent displays and special exhibitions that you could easily spend an entire day mooching about taking is all in. We didn't have an entire day but we saw most of it. Such a gorgeous building inside.
Loads of interesting and thought provoking and emotional War History.
Natural and NZ History.
The most amazing Crown Lynn Display,
gorgeous old furniture and clothing.
A massive collection of Maori artifacts in a long space with a gorgeous ceiling.
Vintage toys and household things and of course dear old Rahja the Elephant. In 1936 amid fears he was becoming more dangerous (untamed at the Auckland Zoo) he was executed by a zoo keeper. It took over 7 months to have him stuffed and then he went on exhibit at the Museum. I remember seeing him as a small child and being so fascinated.
From the Museum we went to check out The Winter Gardens also in The Domain. Construction on the two large glass houses started in1916 and they were opened in 1928.
'Playing Tourist in my own Country' list.