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New Zealand: Photos from the Auckland Explorer Bus Tour

Auckland from Bastion Point

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: Wintergardens with Auckland Explorer Bus

The Cat who Played with the Sun, Auckland, Wintergardens

We spent a lot of time exploring the flowers in these greenhouses at the Wintergardens in Auckland. We even decided to eat at the cafe across the road. This was our third stop on the Auckland Explorer Bus.

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New Zealand: The Parnell Rose Gardens with Auckland Explorer Bus

Red flowers at Parnell Rose Garden

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: Bastion Point with Auckland Explorer Bus

Auckland from Bastion Point

Our first stop with the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour was this Bastion Point overlooking the city of Auckland and Waitemata Harbor. It was windy, but beautiful.

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

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Shark Shuttle

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

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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