Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

Greetings from New Zealand. Today was a public holiday so I was taken for a late afternoon walk around some of our Auckland bays. Firstly I went for a short car ride (I love going in the car) to Tamaki Drive, and we parked just round from Okahu Bay (near Kelly Tarltons which is an underground aquarium built in the holding tanks of Auckland's first sewage station!).

This is me with Rangitoto Island behind me. Rangitoto is an active volcano, although it hasn't erupted for over six hundred years, so I felt quite safe.

A different view of me, with North Head behind me to the left and Rangitoto island to the right.

My humans decided the first thing to do was walk to the end of Orakei Wharf which you can see in the photo below. I took the high road, also know as the wall beside the footpath. For those who know Auckland, you will now notice Devonport in the background.

The photo below was taken at the end of Orakei wharf. There were lots of people fishing all along the wharf, and I even saw a several fish being caught, but I managed to resist the temptation of eating the smelly bait, knives and fish hooks that were left on the ground in front of me.

Looking the other way, from the end of the wharf,  is Auckland's central business district. It looks grey, as there were some clouds in the sky.

Then a long walk back to the road...

and we turned right and continued on to Mission Bay (which is behind me in the photo below). The wharf , where I started my walk, is at the very right of this photo.  

Then my humans decided the sun was too hot to keep going to St Helliers, so we returned to Mission Bay for some food (they got some hot chips and let me have some!) and of course I had some of the water that my mum had carried on our walk especially for me.   

Both the beach and park were busy with people having picnics and playing games with their family and friends. I got to meet some new dogs, and had strangers pat me.

On the way back we stopped at Mission Bay fountain, which is in the park in front of Mission Bay beach.

Then another enjoyable car ride, and I was home in time for my evening meal, and the chance to snooze in front of the TV with my family.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with the things that you love and enjoy most.



Mrs. JP said...

Wow, it looks like you all had a wonderful walk. It's always nice to see Riley because he smiles for the camera!
Happy New Year

houndstooth said...

That looks like one nice walk to me! One thing we love about following other blogs is getting to see so many pretty places, and we're sighing over your beautiful weather!


Casper Bear said...

WOW!! That looks Grreeaatt Riley!Love the pics! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a great 2011
Lotsa Licks
Casper Bear

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing your special trip!

What GReat pikhs AND so khool to see woo have skies like we do here in Pawsylvania ;-)


sprinkles said...

Soooo pretty! Looks like you had a fun day and a great walk.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! What an awesome walkie you had, Riley!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos!!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Riley, once again I'm in awe of you and your beautiful world! THANKS for taking us along with you!!!

I wish you and your family good health and all the very best for 2011!! I've really enjoyed following your blog and just as I did today, I continue to marvel at the amazing places you go!

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there Riley...
What a wonderfully beautiful and scenic walk you took us on! Thank you! I always love going on your walks with you and learning so many interesting things. You are a master at getting those perfect shots for Mom.
Lotsaluv and Happy New year to you and your family!

ros said...

Sounds like a great walk Riley. Happy New Year to you and your family. From Angus and Milo

Oskar said...

What a beautiful place. It looks like you had a great time!

Nubbin wiggles,