After having had the pleasure of spending 10 days in Auckland, I must admit that I consider New Zealand to be the fairer of the two lands down under, even if this betrays my educational upbringing, as I was a boarder at Geelong Grammar School in Australia.
The largest city of Aotearoa (the Mori name of New Zealand, which means "long white cloud") is a place where cultural diversity embraced. This is namely reflected in how official documents and signs are in multiple languages, in the eclectic mix of store-fronts on its "high street", and in the fusions of various cuisines in its trendy restaurant scene.
Below are photos of downtown Auckland:
|Queen Street - the quintessential name of a street in a Commonwealth country. In Auckland, it's the main street.|
|Appetite-provokingly named chocolate products to take home.|
|The new water-front district: the "Viaduct"|
|The best sailing team on earth!|
|"Wynyard Quarter" - the new Viaduct area, a little further from the original|
|Would you like to ride the shark bus?|
|To all my readers from New Zealand: please don't forget to vote.|