Places to Visit in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Civic Theater
The Auckland Civic Theater is located at the corner of Queen and Wellesley Street. The theater are owned by the people of Auckland and form part of an entertainment complex. The Auditorium facade was inspired by a Turkish village or Eastern Mediterranean and the sky is accurately based on the southern summer sky that is projected by the latest technology of fibre optics and electronics controls.
The inside of the building and foyer are decorated with rich motifs and styles from romantic images of the East. Inside the foyer one will found Maduras, Southern India replicated columns while the main decoration is of Borobudur with Buddhas in meditating poses. The Civic Theater boast with a wide variety of activities such as opera, ballet, live theatre, cinema as well as private functions and conference facilities.
The Harbour Bridge stands about 43m above high water with a length of 1 020 meters and a span of about 244 meters. The bridge form part of State Highway 1 and Auckland Northern Motorway and is the longest bridge in the North Island of New Zealand and the second largest bridge in New Zealand. The bridge connects St Marys Bay in Auckland with Northcote in North Shore City with its eight-lane box truss design.
The Harbor Bridge also host a 40 meter bungy jump, operated by AJ Hackett with bridge climbs that offers spectacular views of the city and harbour. The bridge was designed by Freeman Fox & Partners and was constructed between 1954 and 1959 and was officially opened on 30 May 1959. Today an estimated average of 168 754 vehicles cross the bridge daily.
The Aotea Square is the largest open-air space in the inner city of Auckland is hosts a variety of activities in Auckland such festivals, parades, political rallies, cultural shows and community events. The square has an estimate size of 4 500 square meters. A two-year redevelopment programme was just finished to upgrade the square to give the area a distinct and contemporary identity and enable it to host a much wider range of events.
Eden Park is the largest stadium in New Zealand. The stadium has a capacity of 50 000 seats but will temporarily increased to 60 000 seats to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup especially the finals. Eden Park was also named as co-host for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Each year about half a million local and international sports fans visit Eden Park to attend matches and functions.
Home to Auckland Cricket since 1910 and Auckland Rugby since 1925, the park hosted historical sporting moments such as the 1950 Empire Games and the inaugural 1987 Rugby World cup as well as the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Other sporting activities such as the Bledisloe Cup, ITM Cup and the Super Rugby games are regularly held at Eden Park.
Located in the heart of Auckland and 3km from the CBC, access to the park is served by arterial roads, railroads and bus services.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is also known as "Maungakiekie" by the Maori people that translates to 'Mountain of the kiekie vine' and is a 182 meter volcanic peak. Important to both Maori and other New Zealanders the suburb around the base of the hill is also called One Tree Hill surrounded by suburbs such Royal Oak, Epsom, Greenlane, Oranga and Onehunga.
The volcano erupted 20 000 to 30 000 years ago that created lava flow that covered about 20 square kilometers, making it the largest of the Auckland volcanic field. Both Auckland Harbours can be seen from the peak.
Karangahape Road is one of the main streets in the CBD of Auckland, New Zealand. Between the 1900's and 1930's the street was one of the busiest shopping street. During the 1970's and 1980's the street declined and became of Auckland's red light districts. In the 1990's the street was somewhat revived and is now a hotspot for cafes, boutique shops and nightlife.
The street was used as a traveling route by the pre-European Maori and is one of the oldest thoroughfares in New Zealand.
Auckland’s Museum for Transport and Technology
MOTAT was built on a water pump site that pumped water from the Western Springs Lake to early businesses and homes. Nowadays the Pumphouse has sections with different areas dividing its more than 300 000 historical collections.
Auckland Town Hall
Designed by the Melbourne architects, JJ & EJ Clark it is protected as a Category A heritage building with its neo-Baoque style. The hall opened in 1911 by Baron Islington, New Zealand's Governor General at the time.
The building is built from Oamaru limestone and contains kauri floors, decorative pressed metal ceilings and plasterwork, stained glass windows, cast iron balustrades, porcelain and glazed ceramic tiling and hand blown chandeliers. The Town Hall also boast with a distinctive clock tower and is well known for its multi-functional venue and world class performance hall. Therefore the Town Hall has been the centre of political and cultural life since its opening and has hosted significant events and figures.
Mt. Smart Stadium
The Mt. Smart Stadium is known for the home of the Vodafone Warriors and is divided into 2 arenas. The number one arena has a capacity of 30 000 seats for sports games and a capacity of 47 000 seats for music events. The number 2 arena is used for athletic events and holds a capacity if 10 000 seats.
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