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Old November 9th, 2005, 09:57 PM
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I would like to know how far the pier is from downtown or a bus line in these two cities. Sometimes the piers are a long way away from anything and some, like Honolulu, are right at the center of things.

Also, how far is the pier in Sydney from the airport? I just need to know if we should arrange to get off the ship early or if we have plenty of time. We have to be at the airport by noon.
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Cruise ships in Auckland dock right next to the downtown area.
Princess wharf I think.

Try this link for a road map of the Auckland CBD.
www.wises.co.nz
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thanks a lot - the map is very helpful. I copied it off so will have an idea of where to go. We will be there two days - can you recommend anything that is a "must see" in Auckland?
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The must see in Auckland is the sky tower (Casino at the base if your that way inclined).
You can't miss it, it's huge!!
You can see just about all of the Auckland region on a good day and it has a resturant for dinning,
(which is good for a night time veiw as it rotates I think).
I believe you can also sky jump from it. This is similar to a bungie jump but you don't bounce back up.
OOPs just reread that line and it sounds fatal. lol
You are actually deccelerated by a cable before you reach the ground.

The war memorial museum for a bit of culture and NZ history. It is located in the Domain,
which is the green area in the bottom right of that map.

A quick trip on the Ferry over to Devonport for lunch or a coffee is a nice wee trip.

Most hotels will have a lot of good tourist info ie bus tours and other touristy places.

Good luck and enjoy.


PS have you saved that link to the map as I want to edit it out as it is making the message bodies to wide?
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thanks for the info - it is much appreciated.
Yes, I copied the map so edit away.

I haven't heard that expression "a nice wee trip" since my in-laws passed away. they were from Scotland of course.

Think I will pass on the sky jump! Husband would love the war
memorial museum.

We are stopping in Wellington too - if it isn't too much trouble could you give me the same info for your city? It looks beautiful in your photo.
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thanks for the info - it is much appreciated.
Yes, I copied the map so edit away.

I haven't heard that expression "a nice wee trip" since my in-laws passed away. they were from Scotland of course.

Think I will pass on the sky jump! Husband would love the war
memorial museum.

We are stopping in Wellington too - if it isn't too much trouble could you give me the same info for your city? It looks beautiful in your photo.
Arrrrrgh! you mean there is a cruisemate coming to Wellington!? Arrrrrrgh
I may have to take the day off work and take you for a tour around Wellington. No charge and all.

What ship and when are you coming here?

The National Museum "Te Papa" (translates to "Our Place", but has also been translated loosely to "Our Toilet" ) is in Wellington, but takes a lot of time to get through.
It is also the capital of NZ and has the parliment buildings and the "Beehive" which is a Government building in the shape of a Beehive funnelly enough?
Wellington is an Arty Farty type of city but I am not, so don't know much about that side of things.

A lot of filming was done around this city for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "King Kong", but all the sets have been dismantelled. I could show you the bare ground if you like.

I wouldn't do the sky jump either . The last time I remember going to the war memorial museum in circa 1974, there was a tank there and either a hurricane or spitfire fighter hanging over an atrium of some sort. It was a long time ago.

The photo was taken from, "Oriental Parade" which is a "high value" place to live, but a lot of people walk, run, and bicycle around this area during lunch times and weekends.
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We will be on HAL's Statendam and will be there on Dec. 27th
I wouldn't dream of expecting you to take a day off work to take
us around but you are so kind to think of it.

I knew that they filmed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy there and that they had dismantled the site. From the picture, Wellington looks very much like our area but then I have read that our province is very similar to New Zealand in climate and topography.

Thanks for the suggestions - there are two tours that would take in all the sites you have mentioned plus driving up to the viewpoint at Mt. Victoria - so that was very helpful.

I will let you know how your slice of paradise compares to ours!!
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Lombard is a native and has given you lots of great advice on Auckland, We have been there twice on cruise ships. There is a lovely shopping and restaurant area a short cab or bus ride away that I can't think of the name, but any one there will know. When we were there, on Friday evening, teams of college age kids raced huge war canoes at the waterfront. It was great. As for Sydney, a wonderful city. The ships dock there right downtown too within walking distance of everything.
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