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Kia Ora – Auckland, New Zealand

How is in that I’ve been living in New Zealand for almost half a year and have yet to blog about it? It’s very simple, the line between documenting and enjoying your life can be very thin, and I’ve been erring on the side of living in the moment. But what are road trips for if not for taking pictures?

We flew to Auckland, New Zealand from Christchurch in the South Island and spent an evening basking in the glory of city life before picking up our fancy rental car the next day. Christchurch is such an odd city after the 2011 earthquake, everything is still half destroyed or half fixed, so walking around Auckland was a bit of a culture shock. The city is also substantially more culturally diverse than anywhere in the South Island, which is predominately white. The North Island is home to the majority of the Maori population, but also has a much larger Asian population than the South Island. So we decided to take a risk, as Kiwi sushi can be odd at times (tandoori chicken sushi anyone?) and dine at Tanuki Sake Bar and Sushi Cafe.

Tanuki’s was warm and bustling. We sat at the bar and watched sumo wrestling on a small TV overhead and watched the chefs make the food they swiftly placed in front of us. And it was divine. I’ve repeatedly said that travelling north was worth it if only for our meal at Tanuki’s. It was so good that none of it lasted to take any pictures of, except for our lovely porcelain-ware which I photographed because it reminded me so much of home.

It was so warm in Auckland that it was easy just to stroll around the city, popping into stores, watching people play table tennis, wandering down by the harbour. When I think of the New York equivalent of winter, I can’t believe people can complain about the changing of the seasons here. Except maybe for the lack of light.

We finished our evening queuing for “haute ice cream” at Giapo. It’s a bit of a wait, but that’s partly because when someone eventually serves you, they insist on you trying every flavour before you buy, and then topping their heavenly ice cream with beautiful adornments, like chocolate mousse and freeze-dried raspberries. They also hand out small samples to queuers to satiate their appetites. Unfortunately for me, my server and I had a communication error, and I accidentally ended up with a serving of hazelnut ice cream. You can see in the pictures below my quiet moment of disappointment when biting into my ice cream for the first time. I can’t even open my eyes I’m so sad. I don’t like hazelnut, but at least I got to see them blow torch the hand piped meringue onto my cone. Scott couldn’t stand watching my very visible disappointment, and kindly switched his chocolate with mine. Best boyfriend ever? Yes, definitely.

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Tanuki Sake Bar and Sushi Cafe
319 Queen Street
Auckland City Ph(09)379-5353

Giapo
279 Queen Street
Auckland City

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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