Remember that bird Bill saw on the golf course? I’m pretty sure it was a Pukeko. Actually, I’ve seen quite a few of them here and there. My bird book doesn’t have a photo of them in it, since I mistakenly picked up volume 2 of Common Birds in New Zealand. Pukekos are probably in volume 1.
We rode around on the Hop On Hop Off bus for a little while today. The tour guy told us a few facts about Auckland. Auckland has a population of about 1.4 million people, while all of New Zealand has about 4 million. Also, Auckland means The City of Sails, and it’s also called Skycity.
Auckland is a really pretty city–it reminds me of San Francisco, since it has lots of hills & steep streets. It also has lots of hideaway alleyways with little cool shops along them. Anyway, I liked it a lot.
The Kiwis (New Zealanders) pronounce their e’s like i’s, such as in the word seven: they pronounce it like sivin. Ten is tin, etc. Also, they pronounce their a’s like e’s, such as in the word hat: they pronounce it like het. Once you get the hang of it, you can almost understand what they’re saying. Actually, I like their accents.
They call elevators lifts. The brand of the elevator in our hotel was Schindler, so I guess you could say it was Schindler’s Lift. Ha ha!
Today we rode the lift up to the top of the Sky Tower. We could see all over the city & the surrounding area. (I forgot I was afraid of heights until we started riding up in the elevator. I quickly remembered…) We got plenty of pics. I also got some pics of Bill bungee jumping off the tower. Check them out!
Now we’re on the Diamond Princess ship & have just left the port. I gotta go look around now, so I’ll write more later! Bon voyage!