Auckland Outlands

We drove into Auckland early on our last full day in New Zealand. We had an all day tour planned. We ended up having a private tour. Our first stop was a great beach area. The water was nice to wade around in and really calm so the kids could try it out as well. I could have stayed there all day.

Next we went to a pottery factory. They had the greatest playground set up. I want one for our house. They did a demonstration of their facilities. I love seeing how professionals throw pots. They make it look so easy.

We went to the Matakana farmers market and had a ball. They had great music and I wanted to get all their wonderful products. Alden and I danced while he sat on my shoulders. Strangers kept trying to steady him like he was going to dive off. For lunch we had mussel fritters. So good. The atmosphere was so cheerful.

In the afternoon we went on a glass bottom boat ride around a marine reserve. We saw all kinds of fish, jelly fish and rays. After our time scoping out seaside caves and snapper we headed back to the city. We ended our time with a little walk through Parry Kauri tree reserve. The bush was beautiful. It was all really wild looking. I loved seeing the vines all over. After we got dropped off we walked along the wharf and got a nice dinner and ice cream to finish a great day.

Posted by on April 9th, 2011

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