We are staying in the centre of Auckland and its graduation week, so there are caps and gowns, people all dressed in their finery and proud parents everywhere you go.

Auckland is hilly and the main street, Queen street is full of tiny food outlets selling sushi, Chinese, Mediterranean and pretty well any cuisine you could mention. We realised why when we saw the proximity of the university, all very handy.

Today we both went to the museum with a taxi driver who talked our socks off and learned all about the maori culture, and then John went off for a trip on an Americas cup racing yacht, so he is a happy boy. The port and marina are great, yachts and cruisers a plenty, smart restaurants and lots of seating so that you can sit back and watch the posers go by, from joggers to businessmen in suits, fascinating!

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