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Old Posted Jan 14, 2020, 12:17 PM
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Ringing in 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand (138 photos)

I am currently in the middle of a trip to New Zealand and Australia. I started off the trip in Auckland, where I celebrated the arrival of 2020. Here's a look at some of what I saw while out & about in the city from December 28 - January 1. The weather was pretty close to ideal and I really enjoyed exploring the city and harbour!

Checking out Albert Park in downtown Auckland














The view from Sky Tower






Downtown Auckland


































Visiting Devonport which is located just northeast of downtown Auckland across the harbor


































On the ferry heading back across the bay to downtown Auckland






The beautiful Auckland Ferry Terminal


Downtown Auckland waterfront/Viaduct Basin






A couple photos from the newly developing Wynyard Quarter neighborhood




Walking along Ponsonby Road in the Ponsonby neighborhood of Auckland










Myers Park just off Karangahape Road (K Road), which is also where I opted to view the fireworks on New Year’s Eve




I took a relatively short ferry ride from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island to visit various vineyards & wineries located on the island.










































Now for a little more exploring of downtown Auckland from the morning of New Years Eve (before most people were up and out & about)


























After wandering around downtown, I headed up into the Auckland Domain to check out the gardens and visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum
























Directly east of the Auckland Domain is the great Parnell neighborhood. It was probably my favorite neighborhood but for some reason I didn’t take many photos.










The view of Hobson Bay from the Parnell neighborhood.


As I made my way to Mount Eden, I passed through the Newmarket area, which appears to be the main shopping destination for Auckland outside of downtown.






The views atop Mount Eden were impressive!






Looking down to the Mount Eden neighborhood to the south & southwest of Mount Eden


A cute little commercial corridor in the Mount Eden neighborhood








The homes in Mount Eden reminded me of homes I’ve seen in central and northern California












I love trains/rail transit and had planned on taking the train from the Kingsland station to the terminal at Britomart in downtown Auckland, but unfortunately during the holiday break most of the rail service was replaced with bus service. But here’s a look at the Kingsland station and a beautiful building next to it






And now a few shots of the fireworks from the first major city in the world to ring in the new year!










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Old Posted Jan 14, 2020, 1:20 PM
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Looks like a warmer Seattle. I can dig it.
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2020, 10:11 PM
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Wow, what a great looking city.
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Very beautiful city.
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Another great commonwealth city
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I just love the opposite season timing in downunder cuz I just hate winter hate it so much cuz it's too cold to have any decent life when it. 1/4 of life in a year just been wasted in winter.
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Best Auckland thread ever! Great job, looks like you had fun.

My hometown, we lived in Meadowbank neighborhood.

As far as houses, yeah, NZ and Australia have a lot in common with California early Victorian era homes.
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Nice! Personally, I'm more of a Wellington guy, but your photos definitely did Auckland justice.
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Nice! Personally, I'm more of a Wellington guy, but your photos definitely did Auckland justice.
I visited Wellington as well and plan to post some photos soon. It was a great city to explore!
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fantastic thread of somewhere we dont see too often.

and they have cronuts!

looking forward to wellington and more.


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The weather was pretty close to ideal and I really enjoyed exploring the city and harbour!

ohioguy goes native!

you coming home? or have we lost you?

if you are staying, i understand, it looks very, very nice over there.
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ohioguy goes native!

you coming home? or have we lost you?

if you are staying, i understand, it looks very, very nice over there.
I wish I could stay! I can now understand why Sydney & Melbourne consistently rate among the top 10 most livable cities. The quality of life here is amazing! (when it isn't smoky, *sigh*)
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Beautiful city!! Hope to visit New Zealand someday!!
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lookin' great. Forgot its summer over there.
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Auckland really looks beautiful and thrieving, a shame New Zealand is on the other side of the planet from Sweden! Great Sky tower fireworks and other pics!
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I had a chance actually I had a plan to visit Auckland but I abandoned it, it was in uh ... 2016 maybe.
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