This morning for breakfast, I had cereal (Vanilla Almond Cluster Crisps), and a feijoa. The feijoa is a little green fruit that looks like an avocado a bit. The texture is like a pear, but smells like a kiwi. It tastes like a sweet tart candy (sweet like candy but also is sour and tangy).
We went out, walking by the harbour on our way to the fish market. It was a nice sunny day with lots of boats and yachts.
We crossed a bridge that lifts up to let boats through (Wynyard Bridge). There were some funny things along the way including short colourful chairs on artificial turf, and washrooms in railroad train carts.
We arrived at the fish market soon after. It was a lot of fun looking at all the produce and fish for sale, as there are many different things being sold there compared to at home.
From the fish market we bought live mussels and a whole trevally fish.
We headed back to the room, first stopping at the Voyageur Maritime Museum. Here, there were exhibits about yacht building and racing for the America’s Cup. There were also displays of lighthouses, historical ships, and Maori canoes.
After this museum we had lunch back at our room and cooked up the trevally fillets. I also had brown rice and some yogurt.
In the afternoon we walked away from the city centre, past the University of Auckland to Auckland Domain, a large park. The Auckland War Museum is also in the Auckland Domain, and we went through some paths to get there (Domain Walk). The vegetation is like a jungle with lots of ferns and large trees (redwood, norfolk pine, etc.)
The museum had a Maori presentation at 1:30 PM. In the show, the Maori sang songs, such as one for battle. They also demonstrated some of their pastimes such as swinging a ball on a string, and wooden sticks. We walked around the museum after that, and saw a Maori artifacts exhibit, Pacific lifestyles (items from indigenous people on Southern Islands like Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, etc.), natural history, and volcanoes. There was an entertaining exhibit in the volcano section where you sit in a “house” and it simulates an underwater volcano erupting in the bay “outside”.
Despite being called a war museum, this museum is actually more a general museum. But also, we didn’t actually have enough time to visit the third floor with the war exhibits. We walked back to our room after we had finished looking.
For supper, we cooked up the live New Zealand mussels we got from the market, which were really big! They were also really yummy. We ate these with some broccoli and brown rice.