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Relaxing in St Heliers

Posted in Auckland, New Zealand by folkestonejack on March 16, 2013

After a few days on the move it was good to finally reach the land of the long white cloud this morning.

We are staying in St Heliers, one of the eastern suburbs of Auckland. The area picked up its name on the strength of its resemblance to St Aubin’s bay, St Helier on the channel island of Jersey, a place I am certainly very familiar with. I could see a degree of resemblance as we walked along the front.

St Heliers

St Heliers

After months of drought the city was just starting to feel the effects of a storm coming in across the islands. Although not as hot as it has been, it was still incredibly humid but this didn’t deter us from a walk down to the beach and then up to Achilles Point. A memorial at the top commemorates the bravery of the crew of HMS Achilles in the battle of the River Plate in 1939.

Once we had walked back down the hillside we rewarded ourselves with a beer at a local bar. Our energy levels were already dropping and jetlag finally claimed us in early evening.

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