The first week of the New Year, we left Melbourne and hopped across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, New Zealand. We tramped around Auckland finding a nice library, botanical garden, and cat cafe. Our hotel room was tiny so the library was useful to spread out as we researched our next adventure. There were also several historical exhibits about women’s rights including the right to vote and to go tramping. The Wintergardens in Auckland Domain exhibited some tropical plants I had never seen. Barista Cats was well organized and populated with well cared for cats.
Barista Cats Cafe
One day we took a ferry to tramp around Waikeke Island. The banner shows the Auckland quays and central district as we departed. Wandering over the island on foot, we found picturesque views of the ocean, rock outcroppings on the beach, and trails through native vegetation.
Motuihe Island midway to Waikeke
Island Shades of Blue, Green, and White.
Oneroa Beach all to ourselves
North from Delamore Drive
Bridge from the forest reserve
Next, we will be tramping around the South Island.
Two weeks in our neighborhood discovering. Every walk is an adventure.
We stay in a converted brewery that is a 20 min walk to Hyde Park. Other directions take us to Stuart Street Reserve, Ivy Park, or Russell Square. The free CAT buses are really convenient. Sometimes we walk out and take a short bus trip home.
New housing based in an old brewery complex
The modern contrast
One of two ponds at Hyde Park
A flowering peach at Orchard Park
My photos don’t do justice to tree lined Mary Street
A few late blooming banksia in Kings Park
Matagarup pedestrian bridge over the Swan River
The streets are filled with interesting art and unique coffee shops.
There’s always street art to admire
More and more street art
Coffee with a Vegan Bar
Coffee with cats
Home serves some of the tastiest vegan food
Here are links to some of our favorites:
Places that we enjoyed twice:
And finally, one of the best natural food stores in the world:
Kakulas Brothers has bulk foods that allow us to purchase just what we need for our limited time at very reasonable prices, better than many popular grocery stores.
What’s not to love?