Auckland, New Zealand

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”  ~  Jacques Cousteau

Oh how I remember loving to watch the underwater adventures of Jacques Cousteau on TV in the late 1960’s. 

This picture should make a good jigsaw puzzle 😉
Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland has the most marinas in the southern hemisphere. 1/3 of all households own a boat. There are three official languages here, in addition to English, Maori was made official in 1987 and in 2006 New Zealand was the first country to make sign language official.
Kelly Tarlton was an extraordinary Kiwi adventurer, diver and treasure hunter. He wanted to share his love of the ocean by giving the public the opportunity to experience it from a diver’s perspective. His use of transparent acrylic tunnels to provide a truly immersive underwater experience was a world first and the tunnels are now used in aquariums around the globe.
I went to the top of Sky Tower while John stayed on bus. He doesn’t like heights.
Sky Tower top in clouds
City of Sails