|Lava fields, forest, and downtown Auckland from Rangitoto|
The next stop was the Auckland museum. The museum sits high atop a hill in a large park overlooking Auckland and the harbor. The museum has a mixture of Maori culture and history, New Zealand natural history, and wartime history. The museum was the perfect size, interesting, and not overwhelmingly large in size.
|A Maori storage house in the Auckland Museum|
Another day trip led me across the harbor to the neighborhood of Devonport. The five minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland leads to a charming seaside suburb with victorian architecture and a great view.
|Auckland from Devonport|
Claire graciously hosted me in her flat in Parnell, a short walk from the CBD and most of the best sights in Auckland.