Thursday, 20 November 2014

A weekend away

I have just spent a weekend at a conference in Auckland, our largest city. I loved it - both the conference and the city. Auckland really gave me a buzz. With a population of 1.42 million it has more people than the entire South Island. Now the only times I have been to Auckland have been to conferences or to number one son's graduation. So I still haven't seen it. I intend to go back for a holiday in the not too distant future.

Auckland Town Hall
The weather was grey, stormy at times and blustery. And the temperatures weren't much different than we get at the bottom of the South Island. But when you're on holiday or in a conference hall who cares? Not me. On Sunday morning I was up early, rudely awakened with cramp in my foot and leg!
As my room mate was also awake we decided to go and join the other idiots, um, nice people who were over in Aotea Square for devotions. It was not too far away, just across the road in fact.

Aotea Square and the banners
They were using banners and I thought 'that's okay, I'll watch'. But that wasn't an option so I grabbed one and guess what? I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Then it was breakfast and back to the conference
That was a real ordeal, not that there was anything wrong with the speaker, he was great, but due to circumstances the night before I hadn't got to bed till the early hours of the morning. I opted out of the afternoon workshop and went back to my little bed in the hotel. By mid afternoon I'd finished snoozing and I really needed some fresh air so after a nice coffee I went for a walk and took in some of the views. So here are one or two photo's I took while out wagging, um walking.

Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, a former mayor of Auckland.
 Sir Dove-Myer Robinson was mayor of Auckland when I was young.
 He was a real character and a  man of the people.
Sadly missed when he retired from public life.

Waharoa is the Maori word meaning gateway. 
It is situated at the Queen Street entrance to Aotea Square. 
The gate was designed by Selwyn Muru, a Maori sculptor,
 and is a contemporary design built in wood and copper.
On the back is a Maori inscription which has been translated into English.

Knati to
ake irarona o
te awtipi haere
Pikimai e te ua
o te whatu
katakata mai

your snivelling
creek bed
come rain hail
and floodwater
laugh again

The Sky Tower
The Sky Tower through the trees. This was as close as I got, I didn't really know how far away it was and didn't want to run myself late to meet the rest of the group when they finished. I've been in it before anyway when we came up for the graduation. And as you can see, the sun shone for me,
 the only time it did while we were there.I really felt blesssed that afternoon.

Santa and his reindeer atop the Whitcoulls verandah
I then took a stroll down Queen St. in the CBD where our hotel was situated and just so we don't forget that Christmas is coming the big man himself was standing on the Whitcoulls verandah, larger than life.

Christmas tree in the hotel atrium
And that my friends is a little glimpse of my weekend away in the big  smoke.

Go well until next time,


  1. I love going on little trips like this. So fun to see through your pictures and prose the places I will most likely never have the opportunity to visit.
    Thanks Diana

  2. So nice taking a look around the city with you. : )
    That is some huge Santa!!

  3. Looks like a great city with lots of history! You have too much fun, my friend! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. WOW, thank you for talking us along with your visit.
    I adore the Waharoa gate.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. I always love your photos and what a treat to see that big huge Santa and the gorgeous Christmas tree! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

  6. Oh lucky you.
    Beautiful city with lots of history.i felt as if I went along...

  7. this was wonderful diana! Beloved and I had some fabulous times in Auckland back in the 90's.
    Ah - caught out! you were too wagging it!! :)

  8. Hi Diana,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love looking at your pictures, such a beautiful country. I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving there? Or something similar? If so enjoy that as well. Thanks again and may God bless you and yours.

  9. Dearest Diana; Really happy for you to have such great time with the group in Auckland. Lovely trip to the city with your sweet pictures, my friend♫♫♫

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  10. I truly do love going on these site seeing trips with You.Thank You for taking Us all along.Hugs My friend-Denise

  11. I love that "gate" it is unique! There is certainly a variety found in different areas, and cities can be quite fascinating.


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