For Aucklanders having snow fall in our city was huge news, even though much of southern New Zealand and parts of the lower north island are regularly covered with the stuff. The snow didn’t last very long on the ground, and some news reports even claimed we only had graupel amongst a day of rain, hail and cold winds, but NIWA (a weather service) confirmed that it snowed and that Auckland set a new record with its coldest recorded temperature (a maximum temperature of 8.2 degrees C or 32 degrees F) yesterday.
Mum decided to stay inside and not take me for my daily walk (so she and Enzo could stay close to a heater) but she’s promised to dress up in all the clothes she can find and take me out today (even though more snow is forecast down to 100m) so I don’t get cabin fever.
However I did have a good walk in the weekend around the new Wynyard Quarter area of town. This is an industrial area, by the waterfront, that used to be known as "Tank Farm" due to all the big tanks that stored bulk liquids. It opened to the public about a week ago, and there are cafes and restaurants, playgrounds for the children, sculptures, tanks, a viewing thing to climb and a new exhibition centre.
(A photo off the web - I've circled Wynyard Quarter. You can see lots of tanks on the left). Auckland's CBD is behind Wynyard Quater where the tall Sky Tower is. You can click on this photo to biggify it).
The trams are back - for the first time in Auckland in over 50 years, and do a circuit round Wynyard Quarter every 15 minutes.
The playground was busy.
Here is the viewing platform that we went up, even though mum didn't like the fact that the steps and floor on the lower two levels were made from expanded metal (which meant she worried our toe nails might get caught) She didn't like looking down, but Enzo and I did really well, navigating past people, and walking from one end of this building to the other.
There was a glass lift at the far end, but we took the stairs. You can see the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the distance.
We walked past lots of people and a few dogs enjoying all the new cafes and bars along the wharf which is still used by boats delivering fish to the fish market (mum forgot to take photos) and we went up the outside of the new exhibition centre,
and got a view of the working boats, Devonport and Rangitoto (the volcano in the middle of our harbour) from the balcony.
We then walked over the bridge, and the last photo is looking back to the Exhibition Centre.
I hope you all had a good weekend, and wherever you are you are warm.