Yesterday was our last full day in New Zealand so we popped into the centre of town after Lisa dropped us at Papakura station where we caught a suburban train into Auckland city centre. It was my first trip on the local rail network. It wasn’t bad, the trains are comfortable, if a little slow and they’re certainly well used. Auckland traffic’s bad, so it’s no wonder people prefer to use the train if they can. Here’s the type we used, seen at Papakura.
Once in town we caught the ferry to Waiheke Island which is a 40 minute journey. The weather was glorious – ideal for the trip – as you can see from this picture of the changing Auckland skyline and harbour which I took en-route.
Waiheke is an attractive little island with lots of activities (cycling, walking etc) as well as less taxing ones like visiting wineries, lying on beaches or sampling some of the local seafood in one of the many restaurants.
The place is popular with tourists. So much so that we were told that in the summer many of the residents rent out their homes and go and live on their boats! Ones bigger than this one, anyways!
Our day out ended when we met up with Lisa again and drove to Karioitahi Beach, near where she lives. It’s a black sand beach popular with locals as its great for beach activities.