Bayswater, Auckland

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Wed 4 Jan 2017 23:03
36:49.26S 174:45.80E  Bayswater Marina, Auckland
We booked into the Bayswater Marina for a week, giving us time to prepare Time2 for her long journey to Florida. (more about that later) Bayswater is on a peninsula in the Waitemata harbour, opposite the city. Auckland has two harbours, the other being the Manukau, which have strangely never been joined.  Looking on my chart I estimate that a canal about 3 miles long, with some dredging could have joined these two harbours, making a cut right through the north island.  But with those areas heavily built up, it is now too late.  The city has a great ferry service which makes transport a lot easier than dealing with extreme road congestion.
We took a cycle around to the next town Devonport, which has a lot more hills than we anticipated, but was good to get some exercise. Its a very pretty town, with some gorgeous homes.
blog mike devonport    bl house bays
It was New Years eve, and we must have one of the best views in Auckland. We enjoyed a quiet evening on the back deck and watched the amazing fireworks shot off the Skytower
nye       blog nye tower
In between a lot of cleaning up and packing away, we also had a great time meeting old and new friends.  Auckland is FULL of ex South Africans.
blog vernene   blog shirley
Cookie & Graham come for drinks                                                                    Mike’s sister Shirley (visiting from SA) with Graham and Pam
blog malcolm heidi 
Malcolm & Heidi show us the view from Mount Victoria
We also had a great day out to Matakana, with Andrew & Kerri, where we visited Morris & James who make some amazing huge handmade pots. It was very interesting to go through the whole process.
bl white pots  blog andrew
My Favourites!                                                                                                    and a nice pub lunch to follow