Sunday scenes from down under: Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen from Northcote Point

Auckland Harbour Bridge, seen from Northcote Point

 

Though not as famous as its cousin in Sydney, Auckland Harbour Bridge is nevertheless an interesting structure as it spans Waitemata Harbour. There aren’t any walk or bike lanes, though plans are underfoot. Meanwhile, there’s a bridge climb offered, and, of course, a bungee jump. We’re in New Zealand, after all.

When we lived in Devonport, we took the ferry across to Auckland at least once a week. The 10-minute jaunt from the crowds of the big city (well, big for New Zealand anyway) to our peaceful, quaint village was always a pleasure. After longer road trips, crossing Auckland Harbour Bridge was sweet as well. It meant we were almost home. My then 1.5-year-old always spotted the Skytower from the bridge and would invariably squeal with glee at the sight of her favourite place.

Skytower, Auckland Skytower, Auckland

Have you crossed Auckland Harbour Bridge? Or visited the Skytower?

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50 Responses to “Sunday scenes from down under: Auckland Harbour Bridge”

  1. Andrew Graeme Gould 24 December 2012 2302 #

    Hi Sophie. l Iove Auckland and aII of New ZeaIand – - and make a point of stating this (or something similar) at the slightest opportunity! So yes, I’ve crossed the bridge, and been up the tower.

    All the best to you and family for Christmas!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0035 #

      Thanks, Andrew. I love New Zealand, too.

  2. GayE @ Pinay Travel Junkie 26 December 2012 1540 #

    Nope, but would love to have the chance! Happy holidays!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0035 #

      Hope you make it, Gay :)

  3. Noah 26 December 2012 1843 #

    Never the one in Aukland, but I’ve been to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. It looks similarly unnatural and equally impressive.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0037 #

      Planning to visit Toronto and the CN tower this summer.

  4. Michele @ Malaysian Meanders 27 December 2012 0310 #

    We’re hoping to get to Auckland and the rest of New Zealand in the upcoming year. I don’t think I’ll be bungee jumping off the bridge, though. Enjoying it by ferry is more my style.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0037 #

      The ferry ride is gorgeous!

  5. Sensibletraveler 27 December 2012 0320 #

    I love EVERYTHING New Zealand related, so it was fun to see pictures of the Auckland Bridge. I never did make it to the top of the Skytower–I feel like it’s the one big sight I missed in New Zealand.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0038 #

      Another reason to go back, then :)

  6. RyukyuMike 27 December 2012 0328 #

    One of my dreams is to visit both Oz and NZ, one of these days. Thanks for sharing !

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0039 #

      Thanks, Mike. You’re not that far away down there in Okinawa.

  7. Jackie Smith 27 December 2012 0336 #

    Great post about a bridge that gets overshadowed by its cousin, somewhat across the Pacific Pond. Happy New Year!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0039 #

      And to you :)

  8. budget jan 27 December 2012 0452 #

    No Sophie, We have only been to the South Island, but I would enjoy the harbour for sure.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0041 #

      We, on the other hand, missed the South Island. I have this idea it’s quite similar to Norway, and decided we should have a closer look at a few Pacific islands instead. South Island next time, though :)

  9. Bennett 27 December 2012 0931 #

    I’m here now! Only seen the bridge from the Sky Tower, driven over it though and amazed by the steepness. Want to get closer, just like your photo though :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0041 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Bennett :)

      • Bennett 31 December 2012 0511 #

        Also, walked and jumped the Sky Tower yesterday – AWESOME! ;)

        • Anne-Sophie Redisch
          Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 1645 #

          You jumped! Awesome sounds about right. Also, a little scary….

  10. Mary @ The World Is A Book 27 December 2012 0954 #

    Beautiful picture of the bridge. We spent part of our honeymoon in Auckland 12 years ago and fell in love with New Zealand. We did cross the bridge a few times and went up to the Sky Tower but at night though. Love that adorable shot of your daughter!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0042 #

      Thanks, Mary. She really loved the Sky Tower.

  11. ItalianNotes 27 December 2012 1128 #

    Never been to that part of the world at all. But I enjoy reading about it:)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0042 #

      :)

  12. Muza-chan 27 December 2012 1611 #

    Great photo, I love the angle :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0042 #

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  13. jade 27 December 2012 1729 #

    Love the colors in the first photo- so bright and serene!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0043 #

      Very New Zealand, those colours.

  14. InsideJourneys 27 December 2012 1940 #

    I can definitely see why your daughter would squeal at the sight of the Skytower. It’s impressive!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0044 #

      It really is.

  15. Leigh 27 December 2012 2115 #

    I probably did cross the bridge as I spent quite a bit of time in Auckland at one point but I have zero recollection of it. You wouldn’t catch me bungee jumping off of it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0045 #

      Well, I think you have to see it from certain angles to appreciate it.

  16. Dick Jordan 28 December 2012 0334 #

    Another destination on my “bucket list”!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0046 #

      Glad to hear it.

  17. Turkey's For Life 28 December 2012 1051 #

    Just what is it about New Zealand and the fascination with bungee jumping?! (That’s because the thought of it just terrifies me! :) ) Always wanted to visit New Zealand for my type of adventure – trundling around in a camper van.

    Great photo and looking forward to more of your posts in 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Julia

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0047 #

      I would never jump off anywhere either. Crazy people. Happy new year to you two, Julia.

  18. Suzzane from Travel Universally 28 December 2012 1404 #

    I had enjoyed the Bridge climb of Sydney Harbor bridge, well I would like to experience the visit to the Sky tower!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0048 #

      The Bridge Climb is on my list, both in Auckland and in Sydney.

  19. Christina 29 December 2012 2155 #

    I’ve crossed Harbour Bridget (only by car, and no bungy jump there… yet), and I’ve been to Sky Tower a couple of times. I’m always amazed at how quickly kids jump onto the glass floor. My friend and I had to psych ourselves up to do that, after a 5-year-old had done it first… :) Great views from the Sky Tower, definitely, and especially when there are people jumping off – they stop them at the lookout level before having them continue their controlled base jump. Excellent photo opportunities ;)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0053 #

      Christina, you bungee jump and do all sorts of wild and crazy sports – and yet you have to psych yourself up to walk on a glass floor… :)

  20. Denise 30 December 2012 1214 #

    I’ve only been to Christchurch so far, and, shame on me, even if I live in Australia, haven’t been to Sydney!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 0055 #

      Australia is a huge country, though. Still heaps I haven’t seen, although I’ve been five times.

  21. bonooobong 3 January 2013 2210 #

    My father has been there in the Skytower, I can remember on his pics from the view, it was amazing! Have you or your relatives ever jumped from that bridge? btw I really like the steel truss-like structure of it, and that arch in the middle makes it more interesting. great engineering, I guess it could have been designed around the 40′s or something like that. Do you know approximately the height of the tower? Just because of the dimensions, I guess its really huge.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 January 2013 1806 #

      It’s about 325 metres tall – and not that old, really. Early 1990s, if I remember correctly.

  22. Cathy Sweeney 6 January 2013 2227 #

    Love the thought of your little girl squealing with glee upon seeing the tower. Never been to NZ, but I really, really want to!
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Surfing in Munich

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1027 #

      You’ll love it. And it’s such an easy country to travel in.

  23. Andrea 7 January 2013 2258 #

    I’m sure we saw this when we were there but you know, I don’t remember it!
    Andrea recently posted..Found Along Portobello Road (Photo Essay)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 1028 #

      I don’t think one really notices it just driving across. All about the angles.

  24. Turtle 28 February 2013 1839 #

    And we think we’re so special in Sydney – now you have to bring us back down to earth by telling us there’s another harbour bridge. And in New Zealand of all places! Hmph.
    Turtle recently posted..The best of the rest: Photos from Myanmar

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 March 2013 0416 #

      That tall poppy syndrome… :)

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