2017 New Adventures of the Old Joyce travel blog

Sofitel - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland War Museum - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Ascent to Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden Crater - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Note Volcano Crater on right - Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland,...

Note 2 Volcano Craters - Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North...

Note 2 Volcano Craters - Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North...

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Note 2 Volcano Craters - Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North...

Note 2 Volcano Craters - Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North...

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Direction Table - Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Direction Table - Mount Eden - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Preparing for ANZAC Day - Auckland WarMuseum - Auckland, North Island, New...

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky Walk - Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky City Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland through glass floor from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New...

Auckland through glass floor from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New...

Auckland through glass floor from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New...

Auckland from Sky Tower - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky Tower Sky Jump - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sky Tower Sky Jump Platform - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sidewalk - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Sidewalk - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland, North Island, New Zealand


April 24, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand to Dallas, Texas

After Patsy left this morning, I repacked a few things, dropped my luggage off at the desk and headed out to catch the bus. There were a couple of stops which the bus didn’t make yesterday because of the Masters Games. Today, we did those stops, one of which had a great view across the harbor.

I hadn’t had any breakfast so I had lunch at the Auckland Military Museum. From there I got on the bus again and got off at Mt. Eden. Auckland is built on 4 volcano craters, and the one at Mt. Eden is about 100’ deep. The climb to the rim of the crater is quite steep, but I made it. You could walk all the way around the crater, and the 360 degree view from the rim of the crater was spectacular.

After boarding the bus again, I rode it to the Sky City Tower. This is similar to the Space Needle in Seattle. Again, the 360 degree view was spectacular. There were two things which I did not do at Sky City Tower. You could walk on the outer rim of the Tower some 63 stories above the ground. You wear a safety harness and are tethered to the structure. No, thank you. The other thing was a skyjump. They called it base jumping by wire. You get in a harness and jump from the 63rd story and float down to the ground.

I returned to the hotel from Sky City. As I was sitting waiting for my ride to the airport, there was a man talking to the concierge. He and his wife were supposed to have taken a 12:30 flight, and it was now 5:30. I don’t know if they thought it was a midnight flight when it was really a noon flight. Whatever, the reason, they had missed their flight. The concierge was working to see if he could get them a flight back to the US tonight. From the sounds of it, it was going to cost them a bundle of money.

I got to the airport, got my bags checked and went to the New Zealand Airlines lounge. I’m doing this blog and relaxing before my flight.

jnd

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