We purchased an online early bookings to cover more grounds, but we haven't decided yet the activities to do the whole day when we get there. I know one sure thing for myself, i will take a lot of photos. We decided when we got there, at least we got a pass for the Get On-get Off bus. We can ride anywhere and stop anywhere to, that was real fun. However, the first thing we did was to follow a trek path, the signs and arrows are so tourist friendly that we ventured into one comfortably.
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Auckland and the Sky Tower when we were leaving for Waiheke Island
The roof deck of the boat is full of tourists, the lower deck is full as well. Many change locations from both decks hoping to see better views.
There are a few islands on both sides on the way there. This is just one of them, with a small private yacht going to the island too.
This is the beautiful and colorful vegetation of the island as we are fast approaching.
the port at Waiheke Island, Matiatia, always teeming with tourists
blooming wild carrots or Queen Anne's Lace
wild carrot buds before blooming
i don't know this
a very prolific cactus at the beach
Pohotukawa are found anywhere, because it is a protected endemic species.
After coming out of the forest, we walked throught the streets and entered a local museum. These Maori-sculpted posts are part of the museum and planted outside.
We would still want to take another leg in the bus to another area, but it is already 4 oçlock in the afternoon. We would like to return home earlier so we can still rest longer that night, my sister still has to work the following day.
It was a day very well spent. I just noticed my tired feet and legs when already in the boat going back to Auckland. This time i am not looking at the outside islands anymore; i now have time people watching, more specifically tourist watching!