Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is "The City of Sails"
A military vessel in the harbor
Welcome to Auckland
Looking down the hill to Queen Street
We made the walk down and up from Queen Street once and never went back!!
Joan wanted this car
"Emergency" Beer Service!
Sky City Tower is a city landmark
Sky City has two hotels, casino, convention center and several fine restaurants
Sky City Tower
Sky City Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Lobby
Great room on the 14th floor
Grand Hotel at night
Sky City complex
The Story of Lizzie
Joan asked two ladies for a good place to eat. They introduced us to Lizzie, Sky City Corporate Events Manager
Lizzie spent 3 days guiding us around Auckland. Her lunch recomendation was Federal Street Deli, an old-school
NYC Jewish delicatessen. Excellent!
Lizzie's dinner recomendation was Depot
featuring authentic Kiwi
fare. Giving them Lizzie's business card saved us a 45 minute wait for a table.
Joan: "I'll be cold sitting outside"
Abe the waiter: "No mam. We'll give you a heater and a blanket"
Here's to our first night in Auckland and to Lizzie
Gusto at The Grand Hotel. An Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
Breakfast with Lizzie at Gusto
Lizzie was anxious to hear how we liked Depot
. So good we are going back for lunch today.
Lizzie invites us for an evening with her and her husband Malcolm.
Cocktails at Bellota
with Lizzie Malcolm
Dinner at The Grill
with Lizzie and Malcolm - Amazing steaks
Dinner at The Grill tonight with Lizzie and Malcolm
The chef at The Grill was anxious to show Lizzie the Japanese Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Roast he bought today
Japanese Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Roast was available at The Grill for $160NZD per ounce!
On our last night in Auckland Lizze arranged our dinner at the Chef's table at Gusto Italian Restaurant. Lizzie and Malcolm had a formal event that night but joined us with for cocktails
Going back to Depot for lunch and more fish sliders
was a must.
Depot is renowned for its mussels and clams
Zealanders (Kiwis) Keep It Simple! No wine glasses. Silverware in a can. Mustard and pickles right out of the jars.
MASU at Sky City. Japanese robata restaurant and bar
MASU We missed the pleasure of this dramatically different style of Japanese dining
Rainy Day Tour of Auckland
Containers stacked 7 high!
Auckland skyline on a chilly, rainy day
Holy Trinity Cathedral