Exploring Cornwall Park in Auckland New Zealand

Acacia Cottage is Auckland's oldest surviving building located in Cornwall Park, Auckland New Zealand

Auckland is a city built for recreation, and there is no better evidence of this than it’s lush green parks. Cornwall Park is no exception. It’s a picnic under the trees, an exploration of Auckland’s oldest building, or a hike to the summit of a volcano that was once a Maori Pa. Cornwall Park was […]

Photos: Adorable Lambs in Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

Adorable baby Lambs at Shakespear Park in Auckland New Zealand

Adorable lambs are bouncing all over Shakespear Park these days. Lambing season is the cutest time of the year in New Zealand and the Auckland region is no exception. From our house, we can walk to Shakespear Park. This is what we found last week: Adorable Lambs Practical Information: Shakespear Park is one of a […]

MOTAT Live Day: Where Else Can You Ride in an APC?

Visitors can ride inside this military vehicle at the MOTAT Live Day in Auckland New Zealand

Sometimes it is the unexpected that turns out to be the most fun. We headed up to MOTAT to see the da Vinci Machines exhibit, and our timing worked out that it was also a MOTAT Live Day, a family friendly event bringing the Museum of Transport and Technology to life. For us, it was an […]

Collecting Cockles at Okoromai Bay in New Zealand

Ready to collect cockles (small clams) on Okoromai Bay in Auckland New Zealand

As the tide retreated we could see a few people collecting cockles at the water’s edge. I pointed them out to our Italian AFS exchange student, commenting that it is generally a summertime activity. It was only 12c yesterday, not a day I wanted to step into the water even with protective rubber boots. She, however, seemed […]

Zipline – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

A zipline over the forest canopy on Waiheke Island

Z is for zipline . . .  or zoom. Practical Information:  Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland. Eco Zip has side by side ziplines that take you over vineyards, then over the forest canopy. Personally, I am a chicken, and prefer to spend my afternoons on Waiheke at either the beach or one of the many wineries. […]

Volcanic Crater – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

The Auckland city skyline seen while looking over the 50 metre crater of the extinct Mount Eden Volcano, Auckland New Zealand.

V is for volcanic crater. Practical Information:  Now grass covered, the volcanic crater is 50 metres deep. The photo was taken from the Mount Eden’s summit, just outside the volcanic crater. It is the highest natural point in Auckland. Hiking to the top is steep in parts, but overall it is pretty easy, and took us […]

Sunken ship – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Sunken Ship on Okoromai Bay in Auckland, New Zealand

S is for sunken ship. Practical Information:  This ship is one of three that were sunk on purpose to create a shelter inside Okoromai Bay on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The other two are deeper, not visible, and not that near. It can only be seen at low tide, and the photo was taken at a king low […]

Rangitoto Island – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in Auckland New Zealand

R is for Rangitoto Island . . .  or run if she decides to blow. Practical Information:  Rangitoto is Auckland’s youngest and largest volcanic field and home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest (a native tree that blooms with red flowers in December, earning the nickname “New Zealand Christmas Tree“) Getting to Rangitoto Island is easy […]

Queen Street Waharoa – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Queen Street gate in Aotea Square in Auckland New Zealand

Q is for Queen Street waharoa . . .  or quite cool gateway. Practical Information:  Waharoa means “gateway” in Māori. This one was formed in wood and copper by Selwyn Muru, a Māori sculptor who carved it with chainsaw and chisel. The five symbols across the top are Whetu me te Marama (representing heavenly spheres), Tawhiri Matea […]

Ocean Sailing – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Ocean Sailing? In days past, today this boat just goes out from the Auckland Maritime Museum

O is for ocean sailing . . .  or offshore fun. Practical Information:  This is the Ted Ashby, a ketch-rigged deck scow. It sails nearly everyday from the Auckland Maritime Museum. As an island nation, people arrived here via ocean sailing. It’s only in modern times that there are alternative forms of transportation. The Auckland Maritime Museum […]

Just Published (Choose A Way Auckland) – #AtoZ

Choose A Way Auckland

J is for Just Published. Today my first book Choose A Way Auckland publishes. It’s an interactive ebook offering you choices like: Would you rather . . . OR OR More about Choose A Way Auckland:  Choose A Way Auckland is an interactive city guide by local travel writer and photographer Rhonda Albom. She shares firsthand […]

North Head: Exploring Old Military Tunnels in Auckland

Entrance to one of the tunnels at North Head Historic Reserve in Devonport New Zealand

North Head historic reserve lies across the bay from Auckland city, at the end of Devonport. It’s one of the first places we tend to take visitors to enjoy the expansive panoramic views of the city and the surrounding waters. We also bring a torch (flashlight) and explore the abandoned military tunnel complex. The Maori people […]

Announcing: Choose A Way Auckland – Pre-Order Now

Choose A Way Auckland

After months of walking, tasting, sailing, watching, discovering, researching and photographing my city, Choose A Way Auckland is finally here! It publishes on April 11 but is available for pre-order on Amazon. Let me help you create your adventure through Auckland (New Zealand). As both a local author and photographer, I share firsthand, the best the city […]

Stardome Observatory: An Evening Under the Auckland Stars

Zeiss telescope at Stardome Observatory in Auckland New Zealand

It started out as a beautiful clear night, a perfect evening to visit the Stardome Observatory in Auckland. Normally I wouldn’t care about the weather when heading to a planetarium but Stardome Observatory is different. The planetarium show we selected was live and interactive, both the presenter and the audience asked questions of each other. Narrating, he took us […]

Pasifika: A Celebration of Pacific Island Culture

Cook Island dancers at the Pasifika Festival in Auckland New Zealand

Capturing the atmosphere at the Pasifika Festival with only a digital cameral is virtually impossible. Yet I had to try. This annual Pacific Islands-themed festival took place this past weekend in Auckland New Zealand. Attracting close to 100,000 visitors, it is the largest festival of its type in the world. As you enjoy these photos, breathe in the aroma […]

Arataki: Gateway to the Subtropical Rainforest in Auckland

Arataki Visitors Centre in the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand

Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges, the subtropical rainforest that is a half-hour drive from downtown Auckland. Here we found ourselves surrounded by the rugged natural beauty one expects to see in New Zealand. The landscape changed rapidly in the 30 minute drive and with windows down, I enjoyed the fragrant aromas of the rainforest. to […]

Waiheke Island Beaches, Paradise in New Zealand

Palm Beach - one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

The Waiheke Island beaches, along with the wineries, help to explain why the island made it onto Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Regions to Visit in 2016” list. It had been far too long since our last visit. In fact, I don’t think we ever took the ferry out to the island, but had only visited in the […]

Waiheke Island Wine: Photos from My Favourite Vineyards

Looking down on Cable Bay Vineyard on Waiheke Island outside of Auckland New Zealand

Looking out over the vineyards leading first to olive groves and then to the sparkling blue sea, I am reminded how much I love Waiheke Island. I am not the only one. Lonely Planet included Waiheke Island as number 5 on their worldwide Best in Travel 2016 list. It’s not far. In fact, I can see Waiheke Island from my […]

Visit Titirangi for the Rainforest, Te Uru Gallery and Great Food

Stairwell with massive rainforest views in Te Uru: Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand

As we drove along the windy road towards Titirangi, the landscape grew more lush and I wondered why we don’t visit west Auckland more often. Our destination was Te Uru, a contemporary gallery nestled in this bohemian community that sits at the edge of a subtropical rain forest, only an hour from our home. By the time we arrived […]

Interesting Animals of the Auckland Zoo

Baby elephant at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand (Auckland Zoo Photos)

I have mixed feelings about zoos, yet the Auckland Zoo always makes me smile. It is more than a venue to view the animals. It is a centre for conservation activities both domestically and around the world with extensive breeding and rescue programs. We have visited many times in our 12 years living in New Zealand. On a recent visit my Auckland Zoo photos focused […]

Mexico Restaurant in Auckland: Colourful, yet Haunting

Artwork on a wall in Mexico restaruant in Auckland New Zealand

I am not sure what initially brought us to the door of Mexico Restaurant, but it was the haunting decor that brought us into this Auckland eatery in the up-market, trendy Ponsonby neighbourhood. Practical Information on Mexico Restaurant: The ingredients are fresh and the flavours authentic. The menu changes every three months, based on seasonal ingredients. There […]

MOTAT: Hands-On Transport and Technology Fun in Auckland

Steam house that drives the pump room at MOTAT, Auckland, New Zealand

MOTAT, New Zealand’s Museum of Transport and Technology is much more interesting than I remembered it to be. Aside from special events like Halloween, or my recent visit to the Aviation Dispaly Hall (MOTAT 2), I hadn’t been to the main MOTAT museum in years, not since my girls were little. So, when it came to […]

Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret: A Drag Queen Show Not to Miss in Auckland

Drag Queen show at Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret in Auckland New Zealand

“Welcome Darlings, are you here for the show?” From the moment we entered Caluzzi our lives were temporarily transformed to one with a bit more flamboyant energy, jubilant laugher, and energetic fun. Restaurant, bar, and cabaret, it’s all here, rolled up into one full evening of themed entertainment. The “girls” are larger than life, animated, hilarious, […]

Dining or Adventure: 5 Ways Up the Auckland Sky Tower

Leaping off the Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand

Whether an adventure seeker, diner, photographer, tourist or Aucklander, the impressive views from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower are a must see in New Zealand’s largest city. Standing proud at 328 meters, it’s the tallest man made structure in the southern hemisphere. The 360 degree awe-inspiring views from any of the upper levels […]

Stunning Coastal Walk Over Volcanic Rock: Takapuna to Milford

Takapuna to Milford Coastal Walk in Auckland New Zealand

Yesterday was a day made for celebration. It was my birthday, complete with fireworks (It was also Guy Fawkes Day, but I am claiming at least a few of the fireworks). I had my great medical appointment earlier in the week. And it was a perfect spring day for a coastal walk from Takapuna to […]