After spending a few days in Thames we got a lift with Meagan and Byron down to Auckland for one evening before flying on to Wellington. We jumped on the ferry from Birkenhead to Auckland and crammed as much as we could into our evening there. The 15 minute ferry crossing departs daily from 7.15am until 11.10pm during the week, while at the weekend and Bank Holidays the last ferry departs from Auckland at 10.10pm. An adult return fare at the time cost $9.20. The views from the ferry, which went at quite a speed, were incredible. Auckland city skyline is stunning by day and by night. On a crisp winter’s evening, it almost felt Christmassy with all those fairy lights. We will definitely be back to see more of this city and watch the sun set over the harbour from the Sky Tower.
We enjoyed delicious cuisine at Elliott Stables Epicurean Village. It’s a vibrant little eating spot hidden away in the heart of the city, next to the Sky Tower. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a choice of 13 eateries. Our party of five all tried something from different restaurants and ate together in the central area. There was so much choice of cuisine: pizzerias, creperies, tapas bars, Indian and thai curries, burgers and fries as well as my new favourite NZ delicacies: kumara chips and Bundaberg Lemon, Lime and Bitters. Delicious!
For dessert we went to a place called Milse. It’s nestled away down a little Britomart laneway and prides itself as a “decadent dessert bar for lovers of all things sweet.” As Auckland’s original dessert-only restaurant and patisserie, there was the option to dine in or takeaway. We grabbed a selection of the delicious range of stick gelato, verrine, gateau and macaron to take away and explored more the city before the ferry journey home. They were quite possibly the most delicious desserts ever.