An Auckland Morning

After recuperating from a mad long flight at the St Francis Retreat Centre, I had one night to kill in an Ibis Budget (exciting!) in Auckland CBD.  Next morning, I was up early and wondering why I’d not bought any breakfast bars! Reason: the hotel was next to a load of lovely cafés.

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Although there was roadworks, you could see the beauty of the original buildings in central Auckland. I suppose this red brick pub is reminiscent of a kind of Victorian architecture, given the age of the city, but I can’t quite place something similar back in Europe.

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I do love a road sign that’s different to those in Ireland/UK and appreciate the ombré effect of the Kiwi signs!


This was right beside the Sky Tower in central Auckland – it was just around the corner from where I was staying and is a reference point for Aucklanders – you can see it from just about everywhere!

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I parked myself up in the local caff for an Americano and some brekkie.  Although I found NZ generally expensive, for some reason breakfast was reasonable in most places.

I was tempted to visit Kiwiana for some souvenirs, but backed away when I saw the first piece of fridge magnetry had been lovingly handcrafted in China!

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Like any bigger city, there are people who live on the streets.  I did love this lady’s hat and she seemed so bright and friendly.

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This was the first place since South America that was a bit chilly.  Once I had breakfast, I hotfooted it back into the hotel after buying a fleece! Yes, it was that cold!  Toasty once again 🙂

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