August 14, 2008

Trip to Auckland (North Island), New Zealand

Early this year we had the opportunity to visit NZ and see some of the most amazing sights nature has to offer. I was spellbound by the extensive beauty and amazing creation of Allah (swt). And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There were so many things to choose from we didn’t know where to begin but Alhamdulilah were able to make the most of our time there and visited as many places as possible.

We were based in Auckland but rented a car and drove around to areas in and around Auckland. I think we pretty much covered north, south and west of Auckland (and surrounding areas) but couldn’t fit in the east. Of course we had to opt out of certain things and choose only those that were baby/family friendly as we had our 2 year old with us plus I was pregnant with our second child.

Have to mention that surprisingly finding Halal food wasn’t a big issue at all. A lot of places served Halal food and we also had a huge array of seafood restaurants to choose from.

I would love to go back there in the future and see the things we missed out on and visit other cities (this time in the south island) and do heaps more sight-seeing, insha’Allah!

Below is a list of the places we visited along with a brief description:

  • Sky Tower – ‘At 328 metres Sky is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breath-taking views for more than 80 kilometres in every direction.’ Adventure activities include sky walk and sky jump. Hubby was interested in trying out the sky walk, but time didn’t permit it!
  • Botanical Gardens – ‘Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants from around the world, spread over 64 hectares’.
  • Butterfly Creek - Butterfly Creek is Auckland’s hottest new attraction hosting Australasia’s premier tropical butterfly house with over 700 free flying exotic butterflies, tropical fish, birds and lizards. Butterfly Creek offers a great family day out in Auckland.
  • Rainbows End Theme Park – The adult rides weren’t that attractive, but our 2 year old had a ball in the children’s section.
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World - ‘Kelly Tarlton's is a wonderland of snow, ice and amazing underwater sights where you can explore the wilds of Antarctica and the natural treasures of the ocean depths’.
  • One Tree Hill/Cornwall Park – ‘Is a landscaped park designed for the recreation and enjoyment of all the people of New Zealand. The park is renowned for its landscape design and its wide variety of mature trees. It is centred on a volcanic cone, One Tree Hill, with many interesting geological features.’
  • Mt Eden - A volcano in Auckland City situated five kilometres south of the city centre. The mountain is the highest natural point in the whole of Auckland.
  • Parnell Rose Garden – ‘The Rose Gardens are enhanced by many mature trees. The roses are mainly modern with over 4500 rose bushes. From late Spring to early Autumn the rose bushes will be at their best and draw visitors from New Zealand and overseas to view the brilliant display.’
  • Black Sand Beaches (Muriwai, Cornwallis, Piha and other beaches on the way)
  • Waiheke Island – ‘a quiet tropical paradise in the Hauraki Gulf
  • Lake Taupo - Is a lake situated in the North Island. It has a perimeter of approx. 193 kilometers and a deepest point of 186 meters and a surface area of 616 sq kilometers. It is a noted trout fishery with stocks of introduced brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Huka Falls – ‘At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is squeezed through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a 20m drop. Every second up to 220,000 litres of water gushes through the gorge and shoots out over 8 metres beyond to create a beautiful blue/green pool.’
  • Whangarei waterfalls
  • Rotorua - A city in the southern shore of Lake Rotorua, well known for it's geothermal activity.
  • Kuirau Park – ‘Kuirau Park occupies an area of geothermal activity typified by many hot springs, gas and steam upflows, thermally altered ground and silica deposits from prehistoric times.’
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves – ‘World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in almost everyones New Zealand vacation wish-list. The Waitomo glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.’
  • Orakei Korako – Cave and Thermal Park
  • Wai-o-Tapu – A geothermal park

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1 comment:

  1. Salams Nabeela!!! Good that u had the opportunity to experience the creation of Allah. I will be glad to see the pics. May Allah continue to shower His blessings on u Aameen Love Fatima