Anushka's Travellin' Road

The places we see, the people we meet, and the journey we experience on our travels.

Tag: Love

Auckland – The City of Sails

Living in Auckland for the last 16 years, I consider myself something of a native but even after sixteen years there is still so much to discover. Here are a few of my favourite places in Auckland:

 

Waiheke Island and Rangitoto Island 

I finally went to Rangitoto last year and climbed to the summit, after seeing its low peak along the skyline from mission bay. It’s a lovely walk and if you get a big enough group going you can get a discount on your ferry tickets over. There are a couple of caves along the track as well and it’s an easy walk you can do in an afternoon. It has little development but good walking tracks and pathways.

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Caves at Rangitoto

Waikheke Island actually has residents on it and is famous for its wineries, little boutiques and quaint island lifestyle. Many people commute on the ferry to the city for work every day. It is pretty developed and you can spend the day doing one of the many bush walks or going wine tasting.

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Waiheke Island

 

Beaches 

Popular beaches in Auckland within 15 minutes from the city would be Mission Bay, St Heliers and Devonport. There are many restaurants along the waterfront, boats in the harbour, and play areas for the kids if that is what you’re looking for.

Some popular restaurants and bars at Misson Bay include Portofino, Dos Amigos, Belgian Beer Café and Movenpick if you feel like an ice cream and walk along the beach.

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Mission Bay

But if you want to get out of the city and go back to the basics a bit you could check out Shakespeare Beach, Long Bay beach, Tawhranui Beach and cockle bay. As its namesake suggests, you can also pick cockles at Cockle Bay as the tide goes out although there is a restriction per person which has heavy penalties if violated.

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Goat Island

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Tawharanui Beach

 

Bush walks

Believe it or not I used to do a bit of tramping back in the day. I never realised until I left New Zealand that ‘tramping’ is a very Kiwi word. You might say hiking or trekking instead. The Waitakere ranges and Hunua ranges are popular places to go tramping in the bush that are easy to get to and quite close to cities. There are walking tracks graded different levels based on difficulty and a few cabins that can be booked in advance if you don’t fancy yourself sleeping in a tent.

 




I haven’t done the Tongariro Crossing myself but I’ve heard it’s a good place to start if you’ve never been tramping before. My first ever tramp was an easy one along the Waimai Ranges with 6 river crossings each way. We slept on the deck of our cabin overnight as it had been double booked and luckily because it was summer it was a lovely night sleeping under the stars, spotting possums in the dark.

 

Food 

There is a lot of multicultural food options in Auckland as it’s the largest city in New Zealand and the one that most immigrants have chosen to live in. The thing I like about New Zealand is that each suburb has its little hub with shops and cafes that exists quite separately. You can have your local pub/ café/ dairy (that’s kiwi for 7-eleven or corner store).

 

Some areas that have a lot of eating options generally are Mt Eden Village, Parnell shops, Mission Bay, Ponsonby Road, and of course the city centre. If you’re looking for specific restaurants, some of my favourites are:

  • Nice Restaurants: Monsoon Poon, Wildfire, Elliot Stables, Orleans, Mexico
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Prawns at Orleans

  • Cheap food (burgers etc): Velvet burger, White Lady Diner, Sal’s New York Pizza
  • Popular but imo overpriced restaurants: Circus Circus
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Circus Circus

 

Belgian Beer Cafe

Belgian Beer Cafe

  • Bars: Cassette nine, The Occidental Belgian Beer Café, Mexican Café, Ostro, Britomart Country Club, 1885
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Britomart

  • Dessert: Milse, Milk Moustache Cookie Bar
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Milk Moustache and Cookie Bar

History 

With a written history that is only a couple of centuries old, New Zealand has succeed in presenting it extremely well though its embracing of Maori arts and culture. The Auckland Museum (donation entry) has a Wharenui within it which is a Maori Meeting house, where you can sign up for the Maori Cultural performance, and view the wall panel carvings of their ancestors spirits.

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Auckland Museum

As children, we were taught Maori songs, colours and numbers in school and there is a growing emphasis on speaking the Maori language and keeping it alive.

The University of Auckland also contains heritage buildings that have an interesting history as well as the nearby Symonds Street Cemetery, the object of my Year 12 History assignment, which houses the remains of some of Auckland’s founding fathers.

 

Markets

Avondale Market: Fresh Fruit and vegs, carnival games, second hand clothes

Pakuranga Night markets: Food carts, knick knacks

St Heliers Craft Market: Handmade crafts, soaps

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Pakuranga Night Markets

 

Wider Horizons

Sunday 13th November

Travel widens your horizons, it gives you hopes you may not have had before. Each person opens up a new perspective with their stories and pasts. With travel I have dared to dream of ideals not considered by my ancestors. I have dared to wait for more.

I’ve met people who love to talk, people who don’t – people who are naturally demonstrative and people who are absentminded. I’ve had friends who were quick to be affectionate and those whose trust had to be won but were friends for life.

In all honesty there is no one thing that is better than the other – there is no one way of showing love and giving love that is the ‘right’ way. Yet I find myself increasingly gravitating towards people who act on their words. I’m not one for grand gestures, I’m a girl with simple tastes. I do not ask to be worshipped over. I do not ask to be put on a pedestal. But sometimes it’s nice to feel treasured.

After meeting guys who refuse to ever have a conversation, guys who cannot handle a rational discussion – men who have not yet conquered their tempers and think that the loudest voice wins – it makes a pleasant change to be around people who are open to talking about things and coming to an understanding. But I’ve been so pleasantly surprised – and relieved – to find that people like that do exist, that I failed to notice that the actions that followed hardly – if ever – lived up to the promises they made.

It’s all well and good coming to an agreement about something. But if you consistently fail to deliver on what you have said you would do, you might as well never have had the discussion at all. Some might say the intention is there and that’s good enough. Once, twice – sure. But not every single time.

If you love me, don’t put your money where your mouth is – just do what you say you’re going to do. I don’t need you to give me the world, I just need you to follow through and say ‘I’ve got this’ and show me you do.

I feel like a woman in a Western – from another time another era. Somehow I’ve been left behind and not a cowboy in sight.

If the mundane is too inane to commit to, then how can I trust you with the profane? This love, this life – the trust I give to you is profane in both senses of the word.

Cue: Paula Cole singing “Where is my John Wayne…..”