Auckland Artweek: Highlights of Street Art and Laneways

This spray chalk and stencil carpet is one of the temporary exhibits in Auckland Artweek, New Zealand

It’s Auckland Artweek. A colourful event encompassing much of the city with free walking tours, gallery exhibits, workshops, and lectures. It’s a coming together of all things artistic in our city. Last weekend hubby and I joined two walking tours: Laneway Art Circuit and Street Art Walk. Heart of the City is one of the […]

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 […]

Ten Reasons to Visit the Chocolate and Coffee Show in Auckland

Chocolate by Makana at The Chocolate and Coffee Show in Auckland New Zealand

I don’t need ten reasons to visit a Chocolate and Coffee Show. The name is enough. It lasts for only two days each year in Auckland New Zealand. And let me tell you, they are two great days for a coffee and chocolate fan like me. For those who need a bit more motivation, here […]

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 […]

Impressive da Vinci Machines: Traveling Exhibit now in Auckland at MOTAT

A flying machine designed by Leonardo da Vinci in the traveling da Vinci Machines exhibit.

Leonardo da Vinci was a genius who was hundreds of years ahead of his time. Whether you know of him as an artist, an inventor, a designer, an anatomy expert, or a renaissance man, you will probably discover another facet of his brilliance at the Leonardo da Vinci Machines exhibit. Traveling around the world, it is now in […]

Top 10 Reasons to Visit this Year’s Auckland Food Show

Forty Thieves at Auckland Food Show

The doors to the Auckland Food Show open promptly at 10am, and along with a few hundred other people we head in for some of the best the country has to offer. Food, drinks, kitchen equipment, and cooking demonstrations, it’s all here under one roof. This is my second year attending the Auckland Food Show and […]

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. […]

Yachting on America’s Cup Boats – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Yachting in New Zealand - Princess Kate racing against Prince William race against each other on former America's Cup boats.

Y is for yachting on America’s Cup Boats  . . .  or yacht racing. Practical Information:  This is the real thing, yachting at its most exciting. It’s an opportunity to crew on a former Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht.  Most of the time they take out only one of the two boats, but during summer on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Afternoon Tea Fit for Royalty at Palm Court in Auckland

Wedgewood china service is standard at Afternoon Tea at Palm Court in the Langham Hotel, Auckland New Zealand

Delicate flavours, elegant ambience, and five-star service define the Afternoon Tea at Palm Court in Auckland’s Langham Hotel. From the moment hubby and I entered, we were treated like royalty. It was a posh Afternoon Tea, and one which we hope to repeat soon. We opted to begin our afternoon tea with a flute of champagne, despite that fact that I am […]

Giapo: Taking Ice Cream and Gelato to an Art Form

Colourful ice cream creations from Giapo in Auckland New Zealand

Giapo. Just thinking about their ice cream and my mouth is watering. Who would have thought the best ice cream in the world is found in Auckland New Zealand? Giapo has turned ice cream into an art form, a perfect handmade combination of flavours. The secrets are passion, attention to every detail, and fresh New Zealand ingredients. The shop […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #40 – New Zealand photos

Pink flowers at the Wellington Botanical Gardens in Wellington, New Zealand. Copyright Sarah E. Albom 2016; for more New Zealand photos, visit the blog

These are some of my favourite New Zealand photos I never shared. I thought it would be nice to have a mixture of general random photos from the past few years as my last New Zealand photos post, since I’m leaving for a year in 4 days (4 days!). When I’m in Argentina on my […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots – Te Muri Camp New Zealand

Swimming at Mahurangi West beach in Auckland, New Zealand. Copyright Sarah E. Albom 2016; for more photos of Mahurangi West, visit the blog

Last weekend I went on a camp with friends at the Te Muri campgrounds in Mahurangi West regional park, about an hour and a half north of Auckland City. Summer here has been glorious and hot, and we enjoyed the cloudless days with plenty of swimming and walking. I also went to Mahurangi West regional park last […]

2015 Auckland Festival and Event Highlights: A Photo Review

New Zealand Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World - an Auckland festival of fun

Auckland is a fun city that knows how to throw a party. As the year winds down, I thought I would share photo highlights, starting with some of the Auckland events we attended in 2015. See if you can guess which was my favorite Auckland festival. (My highlights series will also include the best of Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots and my […]

MOTAT Christmas Lights Raise Money For Auckland Children

Steam train at MOTAT's Christmas lights display in Auckland New Zealand

Celebrating the spirit of giving, MOTAT has strung up their Christmas lights, opened their gates, and raised money supporting Auckland Women’s Refuge and Starship Foundation. The event began a few weeks ago and goes until Christmas Eve, so there is still time to join the fun. All proceeds from the $2 entry fee will buy gifts for children. […]

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 […]

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 […]