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The White Cloud

View from Mount Victoria

View from Mount Victoria

This is the view from Mount Victoria across the Harbour, with Auckland city on the other side. Under the cloud is the volcanic cone of Mount Eden, the Sky Tower to the right.

The beautiful sunshine of recent days seems to draw to an end.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Queen and Wellesley

Reflections in the TSB Bank Building

Reflections in the TSB Bank Building

The Chinese inspired Choice Plaza and the former ASB Building are reflected in the TSB Bank Building, corner Queen and Wellesley Streets. The Sky Tower is the real thing.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Smile!

On Top of Mount Eden

On Top of Mount Eden

With an elevation of 196 metres, Mount Eden is the highest point of Auckland’s urban landscape (about the same height as the pergola of the Sky Tower – whose top reaches to 328 metres). It is a wonderful spot from which to get an overview of the sprawling expanse of Auckland, and tourist come by the busload.

The Maori name of the mountain is Maungawhau – Mountain of the Whau Tree. It is a volcanic cone, with a deep crater.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

An Auckland Skyline

Metropolis competes with the Sky Tower

Metropolis competes with the Sky Tower

Blue sky and high-higher-…-rises in Auckland’s CBD.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

City Link

Inner Link

Inner Link

The City Link is a bus route that essentially goes up and down Queen Street, with an appendix to the Wynyard Quarter. And it’s Free (fares subject to change …). Here the bus is parked by the Fish Market, adding a real reflection of the Sky Tower to the mix of ornaments on the bus.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Last Light over the City

Auckland, seen from the West

Auckland, seen from the West

These are the shortest days for us, the sun setting about 5:12 p.m. On my way home along Scenic Drive, I briefly stopped at the Arataki Visitor Centre, to watch the shadows of the Waitakere Ranges encroaching onto the city, as the sun set behind my back. From the upstairs entrance to the centre, the Sky Tower and volcanic Rangitoto Island are nicely aligned.

See also last years post of July 2.

Throw Away Fix (Brett Oakes)

Throw Away Fix (Brett Oakes)

Throw Away Fix (Brett Oakes)

From the Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition on Waiheke Island. An extra large coffee to go overlooks the waters of the Waitemata Harbour. In the distance top right one recognizes the silhouette of Rangitoto Island, and with a lot of imagination one can imagine the Sky Tower more or less in the centre.

Throw Away Fix is a sculpture by Brett Oakes.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

The Shark

The Shark

The Shark

Kelly Tarlton’s free shuttle picks up tourists at the Sky Tower for a visit of Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.

Viaduct Basin

Viaduct Basin

Viaduct Basin

Reflections of boats and Sky Tower in the Viaduct Basin on an overcast day.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Look what’s under the Christmas Tree (Already?)

Under the Christmas Tree

Under the Christmas Tree

Sky Tower, Auckland. See what it’s all about by following this link (contains a youtube link for a video showing how it got up there).

A Skywatch Friday photo. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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