The Sun Princess is a frequent visitor to Auckland, this cruising season. Here she lies at Princes Wharf, last Wednesday. The Port of Auckland is a popular destination for cruise ships, with over 90 movements listed on the Ports of Auckland website.
The Sun Princess carries 1,950 passengers and has more than 400 balcony staterooms.
According to wikipedia, “the Sun class is a class of cruise ships operated primarily by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival. The class was designed and its component vessels constructed by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Italy. The first Sun class vessel, Sun Princess, entered service in 1995 and the last, Ocean Princess, entered service in the year 2000.”
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Taurapa (Te Wero Island)
As you walk West from the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum (map), you pass a historic lifting bridge (no longer operational) leading to Te Wero Island, a reclamation which nowadays serves as carpark and as a venue for concerts and the like. Just after the bridge, you are greeted by the gate shown below, and shortly after that you find on your right the stern post of a Maori canoe (the taurapa of a waka), depicted above.
From the Auckland City Council I learned that they were carved by a group from Ngati Whatua (the people of Orakei, the people of the land) under the supervision of a man called Blaine Tito in advance of Americas Cup 2000.
Carved Gate (Te Wero Island)
Bean Rock Lighthouse on Dry Land?
In 1985, Auckland’s Bean Rock Lighthouse (pictured below) was indeed taken off its foundations to undergo serious maintenance. What is shown above is an excellent replica of this icon of our harbour, gracing one of the shops in the marine precinct of Beaumont Street. Phoebe Falconer of the NZ Herald’s “Ask Phoebe” fame, has unearthed much interesting detail of this Heritage structure, situated at the end of Kohimarama reef. Read her account.
Bean Rock Lighthouse