Saturday, 10 Aug ’19, another rainy days
There was our favorite breakkie place just next to our hotel, the name was Coffee Club. We went there almost everyday when we were in Auckland. ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Stef, my friend whom I accidentally met (around) 5 years ago at Jakarta airport and instantly became facebook friend, decided to spend one of her precious day with me and Veron, today. She arrived around 9:30AM when we were having our breakfast at Coffee Club. This was our second time met in person and she was such a lovely young lady!
Oh. By the way. We booked all of our activities one day before our flight. We wanted to make sure our itinerary was fixed and everything was paid so we don’t need to worry during our holidays. And our first activity was city tour with hop on & hop off bus we found it from viator. It was about S$40.88 per person – you can check and compare with their original price from the website but for us we didn’t have much time to do the comparing homework. (*/▽＼*)
It was quite tricky to find the pick up point for our hop on & hop off bus. We saw 1 yellow bus passed by us and still wandering around to find the pick up point. After asking so many people and staffs around the Queen Wharf we finally found out the pick up point. We had to walk to the Phillips building and there were the hop on & hop off staff with yellow jacket greeted us.
The yellow jacket guy changed our e-ticket into three paper tickets. On the paper ticket stated that our bus will only run until 4:30PM everyday and valid only for 1 day. For sure we didn’t have enough time to visit all the attractions. We had to quickly plan which places we want to visit and which ones we could give it a pass. But since I am very generous to my dear readers, please find the bus map below so you can plan ahead. ( ´ ∀ `)ノ～ ♡
On the same ticket we were also given a free ferry ticket to Devonport which will be valid until tomorrow. Anyway we had no plan to visit Devonport since we were going to skydive tomorrow – but we took the ticket anyways.
The yellow bus finally came to pick us up and our first stop was the Bastion Point.
Bastion Point (Māori: Kohimarama or Takaparawhā) is a coastal piece of land in Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand, overlooking the Waitematā Harbour. The area is significant in New Zealand history as the site of protests by Māori against forced land alienation by pākehā (European settlers) in the late 1970s. The point is the location of the Savage Memorial for the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand, Michael Joseph Savage (1872–1940).
It was raining and didn’t take long for us to take pictures at Bastion Point. After we finished we just wait near the bus stop area waiting for the next bus coming with our brolly in hands. It comes every 30 minutes. o( ❛ᴗ❛ )o
Our second stop was Holy Trinity Cathedral. Three of us were so glad to visit the huge church. Unfortunately we were not allowed to come inside the cathedral. However we were allowed to visit the smaller church next to it, Saint Mary’s Church.
Holy Trinity Cathedral is an Anglican place of worship situated in Parnell, a residential suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland and the cathedral of the Bishop of Auckland. The current main church was consecrated in 1973.
St Mary’s Church stood on the site of the present cathedral, but proved to be too small, badly ventilated and uncomfortable. The establishment of New Zealand’s dioceses, and Auckland’s fast growing population, meant that a larger church was required. Old St Mary’s Church was demolished and in 1886 work started on land opposite to build a new Cathedral Church of St Mary. This wooden Gothic Revival church was designed by the prominent New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort and completed in 1897. The building served as the Cathedral Church and principal Anglican church of Auckland until 1973 when the Chancel of Holy Trinity Cathedral, for which the foundation stone was laid in 1957, came into use. In 1982, St Mary’s Church was moved across Parnell Road to its present site beside the Cathedral.
The rain has stop by the time we arrived at the churches. But it was very windy. It was just about lunch time and so we looked for food around the area. We walked around and found a cute hidden gem called The Rhythm Café. We had our lovely pancakes there before walked back to the bus stop and waited for our next bus. (￣ ￣|||)
Our bus passed by the Museum and finally stopped at the Wintergardens . There were a couple getting their marriage photoshot around the gardens. It was beautiful to see their small wedding celebration – not many people there.
Wintergardens is a complex of gardens located within the Auckland Domain. It is registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I historic place. consists of two large glasshouses: one non-heated Temperate House and one Tropical House (heated to an average of 28 °C). In between the two glasshouses there is an ornate courtyard with several neoclassical statues and a sunken pond in the center. Off to one side is the Fernery which is situated within the site of an old quarry.
Again, it didn’t take us long to stay in these beautiful gardens. After all we still had plenty of places to visit today – and still wasn’t so sure if we could visit most of the places. It took us about 15-20 minutes to finished both gardens and then we waited for our next stop. There were also a small pond with ducks and swans opposite the gardens I quickly checked before the bus came. (´･ᴗ･ ` )
Our next stop was Veron’s favourite place; Mount Eden.
Mount Eden is a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand whose name honours George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland. It is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the Central Business District (CBD). Mt Eden Road winds its way around the side of Mount Eden Domain and continues to weave back and forth as it descends into the valley; it runs south from Eden Terrace to Three Kings. The Mount Eden walk is an easy 2 km walk that will take you around 1 hour to complete. Just 5 km from down town Auckland it’s the highest volcano in Auckland on Mt Eden. The last eruption was about 15,000 years ago, leaving a crater 50Mt deep. Walk to the top of Mt Eden Volcano, there you’ll get a 360° view of Auckland so long as the rain stays away.
From the bus stop we followed the path all the way to the summit. It took us about 2 km to finally arrived at the summit – I didn’t really check the timing or the steps. But we did enjoy the breeze, greeneries around us along the winding road to the dormant volcano crater in the middle of Auckland! We took quite a lot of beautiful pictures overseeing Auckland and finally decided to walk back to our bus stop. The rain started again. (；⌣̀_⌣́)
From here we wanted to check out the shopping mall; Westfield Saint Lukes.
The bus who took us from Mount Eden to the shopping mall was the last bus for the day. It was around 5PM. We had to take Uber from the shopping mall back to the city centre. The shopping mall itself was 2 storey, quite big and busy. We strolled around the groceries store, bought some tea bits and then Stef helped us ordered the Uber. \(^ヮ^)/
We headed to our dinner at Queen’s Ferry. I had my yummy lamb steak, while Veron had her beef steak and Stef had her nachos.
And that was it. Tomorrow we are going to fly!!! (*≧ω≦*)
Not sure if I could get some sleep tonight, but ready or not, here I fly~~~!