One might not think a blog on “A Different New Zealand” needs an entry on Auckland, but I want to mention several things we did that you might not otherwise think of.
First, we did the City Centre Ramble suggested by the Lonely Planet North Island guide (2012 edition). (You might be surprised that a country of only 4.4 million people would need two Lonely Planet guides, one for the North Island and one for the South Island, but there is so much to see and do, that it makes sense. Also, having two guides makes each of them smaller, which makes for traveling.) The Ramble took us all the way from St. Kevin’s Arcade on “K Road” (i.e., Karangahape Road), through Myers Park and down to the harbour. It was a very nice way to get acquainted with central Auckland. And when we got to the harbour, there was a Fritz’s Wieners stand. The bratwurst wasn’t the best I ever had, but it was good, even if the mustard selections were a little limited.