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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland at sunset, from Mount Victoria

Bishop Auckland County Durham

While waiting to get the ferry from Devonport to Auckland, this is the view from the ferry station. I was lucky to get there on a clear night

Auckland lights from the top of the Sky Tower

Skyline of Auckland after sunset 9 February 2021. New Zealand

Rangitoto Island from Kohimarama Beach, Auckland New Zealand

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes.

Gorgeous light Sunday morning. Very humid following heavy rain overnight. Rangitoto, a volcanic island in the gulf of Auckland, was covered in clouds beaming from the sunrise. Nice.

Sailing ship "Spirit of New Zealand" seen in the background!!!!

Office towers in the town centre of Auckland

To do our coast to coast walk, we took the train to Onehunga and walked back to Auckland. After taking this photo an angry guard came to let me know that no photos are allowed in train stations, sigh. The posted sign said no professional photos, but the guard insisted that no photos are allowed. So, this is the only one I have.

Downtown Auckland Skyline. Two photos stitched together. I used long shutter speed with a ND filter to smooth out the water. Hence I also didn't need a deep depth of field. So, I set my aperture to F2.8 and focused on the city for increased sharpness and clarity.

The volcano Rangitoto is an iconic and important landmark in Auckland. Probably also one of the most photographed sites around.

Evening shot of the Auckland Viaduct Harbour. I have been waiting for a while for the right conditions and having the time to make the trip. The conditions weren't as still as I had hoped. I also had to wait with shooting till the outgoing tide, which caused disturbance in the water, had settled down.

 

This is a 4 x 6 panorama taken with my Sony A7R IV and Sony 50mm prime lens, 6 secs each, ISO 200, F/11.

 

Well worth enlarging for a closer look!

 

PS. The green colour in the water is just from the lights below the bridge I am on. It is not from toxic chemicals! The water is actually as clear as a bell!

In 2015 we were lucky enough to cruise from Sydney around New Zealand ending up in Auckland for a couple of days. These are the seaward views from the Sky Tower through the heavy tinted glass windows. A magnificent view for 360 degrees, well worth every penny.

Hopefully, when normality eventually returns we may be able to go back and visit all the places we missed as we didn't have enough time.

Hopefully!!!

Auckland lights from the Sky Tower.

Auckland has an attractive natural harbour. I have viisted twice and both times came away thinking it has not been well developed. The front of the picture shows a small industrial storage area which is not particularly attractive. Having said that it is most defiinitely a place to visit!

Princes Wharf, Viaduct, Auckland

Photo taken in NZ Auckland Botanical Park..South African Gardens....

  

Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes or fynbos. In local tradition, the protea flower represents change and hope. Wikipedia

Proteas first captured the attention of botanists during the Europeans' exploration of South Africa in the 17th Century.

Soooooo nice to be out this morning after a week stuck at home in front of the computer, due to COVID L4 lockdown, in never ending work related video calls. Gorgeous calm morning. Beautiful. Be kind. #stheliers #glendowie #auckland #tamakidrive #seascape #seascapephotography #icm #icmphotography #water #runningmotivation #running #iphone11

A night shot of Auckland CBD in New Zealand.

 

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From around the Bays. On my way home from a lovely afternoon and evening visiting family last year.

 

The camera is precariously poised on the edge of the concrete walkway. Like the floor is the biggest shelf, the walkway is the biggest tripod. [Insert silly face icon ... {still haven't worked out how to do that on this thing}].

 

Happy Spring and Autumn everyone!

Auckland Castle, also known as Auckland Palace and locally as the Bishop's Castle or Bishop's Palace, is located in Bishop Auckland, its neighbouring town in County Durham, England.

Owned by the Church of England for the prince-bishopric of Durham for more than 800 years, Auckland Castle was originally established as a hunting lodge. The principal seat of the Bishops of Durham from 1832, it was transferred in July 2012 to the Auckland Castle Trust, a charitable foundation to restore both the castle and grounds and also establish permanent exhibitions on the history of Christianity in Britain and the North East.

In appearance more like a Gothic stately home than a medieval fortification, Auckland Castle remains a working episcopal palace being the residence and official headquarters of the Bishop of Durham and its Scotland Wing. It currently serves as the administrative offices of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.

Its Long Dining Room houses 12 of the 13 celebrated 17th-century paintings, by Francisco de Zurbarán, of Jacob and his 12 sons. These paintings have hung for 250 years in this room specifically designed and constructed for them. In 2001 the Church Commissioners voted to sell the works of art, then estimated at £20m in value, but relented after a review in 2010.

On 31 March 2011 the Church Commissioners announced that plans to sell off the paintings were shelved following a donation of £15 million from investment manager Jonathan Ruffer, placing the paintings, along with the castle, under the Auckland Castle Trust.

The castle is surrounded by 800 acres (3.2 km2) of parkland, which was originally used by the bishops and their entourages for hunting and is today open to the public.[14] The Castle and its grounds contain seven Grade I listed buildings. These include a Deer House in Auckland Castle Park which was built in 1760, a large castellated-stone building to shelter the deer, which nowadays has a viewing room for visitors.

 

From Wiki:

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 25th tallest tower in the world. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline due to its height and unique design.

The tower is part of the SkyCity Auckland casino complex, originally built in 1994–1997 for Harrah's Entertainment. Several upper levels are accessible to the public, attracting an average of 1,150 visitors per day (over 415,000 per year).

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.

 

The museum is also one of the most iconic Auckland buildings, constructed in the neo-classicist style, and sitting on a grassed plinth (the remains of a dormant volcano) in the Auckland Domain, a large public park close to the Auckland CBD.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland_War_Memorial_Museum

 

Thanks to all who take the time to visit and comment on my photostream....it's greatly appreciated. Also for all of the invitations to join or post my photos into groups!

Probably taken on Tiritiri Matangi, the wildlife sanctuary near Auckland, New Zealand...

 

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On holiday and taking a morning walk down at the beach. Had the beach to myself. Photographers haven't found this one :)

Have a good day and thanks if you can comment.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand that has the most extensive collection of national and international artworks.

Sky Tower View, Auckland NZ

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