Auckland is an incredibly scenic city on the North Island of New Zealand, strewn across many mountainous islands and bays (as you will see in the aerial shots). Dubbed the City of Sails, it’s bustling harbour is always full of boats and is great for touring/island hopping.

I was fortune to be there in late November (2012) when Christmas preparations were underway and attended a huge holiday parade in the city. Another highlight of my visit was a daring base-jump I took off the Sky Tower, which is the tallest free stranding structure in the Southern Hemisphere (328m). It was lots of fun and I recommend it as a safe and thrilling alternative to sky diving. Be sure to watch the video of that!

Worthy of note about the local cuisine is that lamb is very prolific here, and very good too. Mc Donald’s has a lamb sandwich, Subway has a lamb sub, and there are lamb hot-dogs everywhere. Don’t miss it if you visit here (you probably can’t anyway).

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