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Ivan Teoh

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New Zealand 2014 - Day 2

Second day was all about walking around Auckland city. Shawn works near the city. He dropped me near Auckland Art Gallery and I started exploring the city. It was still to early to visit Auckland Art Gallery since it started at 10am. Suddenly it started to rain. I quickly ran to Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar to have some of their famous cookies and they can be served with milk. That day, I tried Oreo Marshmallow Cookie and Black Forest Cookie. Luckily the rain stopped after that. I walked along Queen Street to check where is Britomart Transport Centre. Britomart Transport Center is bus/rail interchanged. You can go any major places from there. After that, I continues walking to Ferry Terminal and along Quay Street. Walked pass Ports of Auckland. It is enormous. I continued to walk along Tamaki Drive. I saw Parnell Baths. I recognised it's 1950s mural. Very unique. I continued my journey and rest a while at beautiful Orakei Domain. Before I reached at Mission Bay, I bought some beautiful strawberries and avocodos from a fruit stall by the road stall along Okahu bay right before Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I had a relax late lunch at the Mission Bay, looking at the Browns Island, watching people having stand up paddle boarding lessons. Surprisingly, there are not much seagulls on the beach but pigeons. After that, I slowly walked back to the city. Back to the city, I followed the walking tour that is mentioned by the Lonely Planet book. I started from ferry terminal and walked passed Britomart again, walked through Vulcan Lane, where full of historical bars and pubs. After that, I walked along High Street, Freyberg Place and O'Connell Street, upped stairs between Kitchener Street and Bowen Avenue in Albert Park before entering University of Auckland. There are few historical buildings in University of Auckland, such as old government house and clock tower. I walked across Albert Park, through a fountain and continued to Auckland Art Gallery. I skipped the special exhibition, The Light Show, and just briefly walked through awesome general art exhibition there. Along Queen Street, Auckland Civic Theatre is another heritage building. I had a gourmet tiramisu flavoured ice cream at Giapo. I walked pass Auckland Town Hall into Myers Park. This hidden park is surround by lots of residential apartments. The tour is ended at St. Kevins arcade. After that, I met up with Shawn at Auckland public library. Since we got a bit of time before dinner with some of his local friends, we went to Wynyard Crossing and Silo Park. We had dinner with his friends, Kevin, Yusoff, Cruz, Simon and Joshua, at Kushi Japanese Kitchen & Bar. Wait, there are more. We went for cakes and tea at Mezze Bar before heading home and sleep.

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