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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Auckland; Dining Options


Majestic Princess in port

Between the circumnavigation series on Australia (beginning with: Circumnavigating Australia — Starting in Sydney) and the current circumnavigation series on New Zealand (starting here: Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2019), it’s been a long, long blog haul. And before those I did a series on the stopover we made to the Cook Islands (starting with: Rarotonga, Cook Islands — An Airbnb Rental on the Beach; Dinner with Friends) before continuing on to Sydney. All told, I’ve been creating articles describing this trip since 27 April 2020, with only a few unrelated articles interspersed.

Ferry Building in the afternoon

As you may recall, this series was the culmination of actually two separate cruises. The first occurred in early 2019 aboard Majestic Princess. The second began one year later aboard Radiance of the Seas.

Looking over yachts to Sky Tower

But all good things must come to an end, and this series concludes on Friday. Yes, we’re still viewing Auckland, New Zealand this week, but let’s spend some time to talk about food. There are some great places to eat here in Auckland, but our favorite by far was an upscale place overlooking Viaduct Basin. This was a truly delightful discovery called Soul Bar & Bistro. Alas, silly me, we went there after sunset, and I neglected to bring along my camera. But I did snag earlier that day a photo of the outside dining area.

Soul Bar & Bistro — Fantastic restaurant

If you’re looking for cheaper fare, walk westbound along Jellicoe Street, in the Wynard Quarter just west of Viaduct Basin. You’ll soon come upon a sign reading Sanford & Sons. Head inside. There you’ll find numerous dining venues (Auckland Fish Market website), and a shared glass enclosed courtyard. It was here that we grabbed a bite for lunch from the Market Seafood Galley.

Sons? There were more than just Lamont? Who knew?

Market Galley is a delightful place. Here’s sampling of their wares, in a photo from their website:

Beer Battered Fish & Chips — Tastes as good as it looks

Here’s a view of a couple who really know how to enjoy the scenery near the marina at Viaduct Basin:

Looking across Viaduct Basin

I’ll leave you today with this fun bit of architectural detail.

Ferry Building architectural details

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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating New Zealand; Auckland Favorites 2


Reflecting Water

Time for more Fun Photo Friday favorites of the Auckland area:

Aston Martin Wings
Auckland Reflections
Scraping the Sky
Fish Fry

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Auckland; Out and About in Devonport


Auckland skyline in the distance

As I mentioned Monday, Devonport is a bedroom community that acts as a ferry-accessible suburb of Auckland. So let’s begin by looking at some homes:

Devonport, New Zealand

Behind the houses pictured above and below is Takaranga/Mount Victoria:

Devonport, New Zealand

Another charming Devonport home, this one adorned with Victorian gingerbread elements:

Devonport, New Zealand

From up here let’s turn around and take a look back at Devonport:

Devonport, New Zealand

Remember that April is fall in the southern hemisphere. So, here’s what to expect in April:

Devonport fall colors

The architecture here is on the quaint side. I’ll leave you today with these two examples to demonstrate what I mean:

Devonport, New Zealand
Devonport, New Zealand

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