|First view of Auckland NZ|
My plan was to get some shopping done and stay overnight in Auckland before heading to the track. It was too early for any shopping, so I went down to the harbour. There were a couple of America's Cup boats (NZL41 and NZL68) run by the same company I sailed with in Sydney. Steinlager2 (Sir Peter Blake's 1989-90 Whitbread winner) and a 6.50 Mini (6.5 meter long single-handed ocean racer) shows the range of racing boats at dock.
|Steinlager 2 Whitbread racer||6.50 Mini Transat racer|
|Rolling bridge||Waterfront Container Library|
I did not want to take a nap to try and get my body clock to sync quicker to the local time. So time for some touring. Drove up to the top of One Tree Hill as not ready for big hikes yet. There were cows and sheep in the surrounding Cornwall Park. I was confused by the number of families in the park in the middle of the day on a Wednesday until I remembered it is 'summer' vacation down here.
|Monument on One Tree Hill||Auckland from One Tree Hill|
|Cows in Cornwall Park||Flowering trees with bees|
|Looking down into the crater from the summit
Auckland in the background
|Looking up at the summit from the lower crater rim|
YHA Auckland City. Good rooms, no parking.
My accommodations for the next week are at Manor Views in Hunley, 20 minutes south of Hampton Downs racetrack. The building used to be part of a 1926 general hospital (changed to a maternity hospital after a couple of years) until 1996. It was renovated in 2006 as a hotel.
|Bridge over Waikato River at Huntly|