Detour | Auckland City

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I was back in Auckland after four amazing days in Melbourne.  The sun was shining, so it was the perfect day to head down to the nearby marina, jump on a ferry and make my way into the city centre.

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Ticket purchased, I found a seat outside and sat back ready to enjoy the wind in my hair and the fantastic view.

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Heading away from the marina we passed Bucklands Beach, where I spent many a summer day during my childhood.

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Thirty minutes later, the city centre was in my sight and my lily white London skin needed some shade!

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Arriving at the ferry terminal building, my belly rumbled and it was time to think about finding something delicious.

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And then I saw it.  Tank Juice Bar.  I’d discovered this juice bar the day before as you’ll find them dotted around Auckland, and I can honestly say with hand on heart, they are now MY FAVOURITE JUICE BAR IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.  More than the juices, my absolute favourite menu item was the Life Force Protein Shake (minus the oats, which weren’t gluten free).  I lost count of the number of times I had this protein shake for lunch whilst back in Auckland.  It’s that good.  Get there.  Pronto.

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With protein shake in hand, I made my way up the main street of the city centre, Queen Street, and past that huge tower in the sky, aptly named The Sky Tower.  For those that haven’t heard of The Sky Tower, you can eat in restaurants up there, you can even bungy jump off it, and at ground floor you’ll find the Sky City Hotel and Harrah’s Casino.

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I continued on up Queen Street, window shopping and walking past some of my favourite buildings.

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And then I saw the Big Guy!  This giant Santa has shown up every year for the holiday season, since I can remember!

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I walked and walked, and window shopped until I came across Mojo cafe and decided a coffee and a sit-down was a very good idea.

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Order placed, I let the barista get to work on my almond milk latte.

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They even had raw bliss balls, so I was happy to sit and let time pass whilst munching on the bliss ball and sipping my latte.

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Heading back down towards the harbour, I took a walk around the area called Britomart.  Here you’ll find fantastic shopping, delicious places to eat and super cool bars.

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It seems you’ll also find half of the city workers lazing about on bean bags on the grass!

It was about this stage I felt some delayed jetlag kicking in, and walking any further no longer seemed like a fun idea.  So I made my way back towards the ferry terminal.

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Back on a ferry, I was homeward bound.

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Past my ‘childhood’ beach.

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And finally back to the marina, where my chauffeur (aka my father) collected me.

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img_4962Sun, sea, and city exploring.  A good day indeed.

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