New Zealand: Photos from the Auckland Explorer Bus Tour

The Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour gave us a chance to explore Auckland and find the things that we wanted to look more closely at. It also allowed us to check out the following places:

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New Zealand: Maungawhau and Mount Eden with Auckland Explorer Bus

We took a wrong turn, or rather didn’t take the right turn, when we got off the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on Hop off tour. We decided to follow the bicycle route up the mountain instead of the vehicle route. The problem was that the bicycle route didn’t actually go up the mountain, and we found a foot path that was barred.

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New Zealand: Eden Garden with Auckland Explorer Bus

Eden Garden in Auckland was our fourth stop with Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop tour. We got a discount on entry because we came with the Auckland Explorer Bus, but didn’t get to spend as much time in the gift shop as we wanted because we wanted to be able to hike up Mount Eden. We did eat at the cafe though.

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New Zealand: The Parnell Rose Gardens with Auckland Explorer Bus

We used the opportunity to stop at the Parnell Rose Gardens and head down to Judges Bay. Stepping off the bus, the floral scent of the resident flowers was beautifully string. This was our second stop on the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour.

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New Zealand: Photos from Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland

We decided to go to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium after seeing the building on our Auckland Explorer Bus, Hop on Hop off tour. We went to see the penguins. Kelly Tarlton was a diver who wanted people to see the ocean the way that divers could. This attraction in Auckland brings his dream to life. The exhibition opens with an exhibition on life in Antarctica at Scott’s Base. Many of the explorations of the southern most continent used New Zealand as their last place to get outfitted before they went to the coldest, most inhospitable place. Kelly Tarlton’s then has the penguins, and moves to the underwater exhibitions with sharks, rays, and other fish. Here are some photos from our trip to the Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand.

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New Zealand: Take the Auckland Explorer Bus to Get Acquainted

The Auckland Explorer Bus offers the opportunity to hop on and hop off at several of the city’s more notable attractions. The tickets include a ferry ticket to Devonport. The brochure says that each of the two routes offered takes an hour to complete. That may be true, but only if you don’t get off at any of the stops. Jenya and I spent the day, about 5 hours, using the buses. We hope to use the ferry ticket tomorrow.

The first place we hopped off at was Bastion Point. We walked around the summit and looked at the harbors, islands, and Auckland itself. It was a nice vantage point, but we didn’t linger too long here as the main attraction was the view.

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