We flew directly from San Francisco to Auckland in April, 2011 and arrived at our hotel far too early in the morning for our rooms to be ready. So we stashed our luggage, caught the ferry to Devonport and walked around for a while, taking in the ambiance of this little laid-back village that reminded us of Sausalito across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. We peeked in a few shops and visited a cafe to sip our first flat whites. Then we headed back on the ferry and I took this shot of a sailboat with the Auckland skyline in the background.
Auckland is often called The City of Sails. It has two large harbors and one in three Auckland households owns a boat. This photo is my entry this week for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. If you have the chance today, sit back for a few minutes with your favorite cup of coffee and take a look at Leanne’s website to see what other photographers are doing in monochrome these days.
We spent four enjoyable days in Auckland four years ago. See here and here for some examples of our experience there. We then flew to Wellington for four more days. See here and here for an idea of what we did there. Then we hopped over to the South Island and spent our last four days in New Zealand exploring the Queenstown area. See here and here for a couple of accounts of our adventures in Queenstown and its neighbor, Arrowtown.