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Features > Auckland, New Zealand (Apr 2009) > Wine, Oil, and Ferns


Ya know, everybody always RAVES about how wonderful New Zealand is, so since we were in the area I thought I'd try to arrange for our trip back to the US to go through New Zealand. This wasn't a big problem, but it landed us in Auckland since international flights back to the US leave from there. That's fine and all, but the REALLY pretty part as everyone now says, is the SOUTH island, not the NORTH one where Auckland is located. Well, it was still darned pretty and gave us a place to rest before getting on a plane for a really long time again, so here's Auckland and surrounding areas.

Sections - Waiheke Wineries | Wineries and FERNS! | Auckland Museum


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Leaving the Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal for Devonport, a nearby picturesque suburb


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Auckland Sky Tower


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Sail NZ takes people out on America's Cup class vessels, such as this NZL-40 which started life as FRA-40/Challenge France but never raced


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Lovely seaside views from Devonport, only a 12 minute ferry ride from Auckland


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Old military defenses, we didn't walk all the way over there since by this time Daniel's feet had enough (he made the classic mistake of buying new shoes while on a walking-intensive trip)


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Very fancy/stylish houses


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A funny fountain closer to the ferry/town center


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Back to Auckland, time to walk some more now to Albert Park


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Clocktower of a nearby university I believe


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Pigeons in the park enjoying worms/etc from recently disturbed soil


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I didn't try it, but after trips to Brazil anything with the word Gateau makes me think it must be good


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The Auckland Sky Tower seems much less exciting/more commercial especially when it's next to a big casino


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Dunno what this stands for, but it is pleasant


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Again departing by ferry - this time for a tour of Waiheke Island


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The island is home to 8,000 residents including New Zealand's richest man (I bet the richest woman lives somewhere else) and the ferry shuttles more than 1 million people to the island each year (not unique people I'd guess). It is a nice high speed ferry that can really get going (we were on the top of the ferry but went inside since it was too windy with a combination of wind and mostly how fast the boat was going).


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The Mer (sea) is that way...vines at a Stonyridge Winery


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New Zealand and Waiheke are well known for good olive oil - here is an electronic rake used in the harvesting process which was ongoing while we were visiting


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Horses nearby


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Next stop was where those olives are pressed, at Rangihoua Estate - here is their fancy olive pressing machine from Italy


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There is olive oil coming out of the tap


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Straining the oil, it has won several key awards including the gold medal several times at the LA County Fair


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Pretty lilly pads in a nearby pond


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Best of Class 2008 award for EVOO at LA International Competition


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How appropriate that the New Zealand Olive Oil Association's president's name is Pitts


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Olives on the tree


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A laundry line in the background of an olive tree


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Daniel plays with harvested olives


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Some dandelion-like plant


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There's an airfield (with no fuel) on the island called the Waiheke Aerodrome, plus paintball down the road!

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