City of Sails II
05.02.2008 25 °C
Woke up feeling really good this morning so went off to sort out some breakfast and headed off into Auckland.
Wandered around the shops (I know first day and we're shopping, but I'll let it go!) and headed down to the waterfront. We randomly decided to go on a harbour cruise and we certainly got a good one. FREE beer and cookies, possibly the most awesome sweetener for a tourist trip ever?!
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The trip was lovely (though there is a weird thing where school kids play music from their mobile phones out loud over here and a few of them were quite annoying!). The harbour and estuary are huge and the views of the city are so much nicer from the water. I had the idea of a dawn photo of the city and the views I could see only compounded that thought! Poor Sar, she's going to be bored stiff of me running off at silly hours after 4 weeks worth!
This afternoon we went West to Muriwai Beach, a Gannet colony I had seen in a book and it was well worth the short trip. The birds were everywhere, gliding at head height around the point, looking so majestic considering their huge size. Needless to say I managed a few good shots of some in flight (Sar plumped for the static birds on the rocks(!) but still got some lovely intimate shots).
The beach at Muriwai is a big surf venue and I have never seen such huge, clean breaks. I can only imagine what it's like in a storm. A load of guys fishing around the rock outcrops below the birds really did look like they had a death wish in those waves, especially considering all the warning signs everywhere.
An early night for us as we leave for the Coromandel Peninsula tomorrow and I'm off down to the marinas for some early shots of Auckland.