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

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

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  1. Andrew Graeme Gould 24 December 2012 at 2302 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0035 - Reply

      Thanks, Andrew. I love New Zealand, too.

  2. GayE @ Pinay Travel Junkie 26 December 2012 at 1540 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0035 - Reply

      Hope you make it, Gay 🙂

  3. Noah 26 December 2012 at 1843 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0037 - Reply

      Planning to visit Toronto and the CN tower this summer.

  4. Michele @ Malaysian Meanders 27 December 2012 at 0310 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0037 - Reply

      The ferry ride is gorgeous!

  5. Sensibletraveler 27 December 2012 at 0320 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0038 - Reply

      Another reason to go back, then 🙂

  6. RyukyuMike 27 December 2012 at 0328 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0039 - Reply

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

  7. Jackie Smith 27 December 2012 at 0336 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0039 - Reply

      And to you 🙂

  8. budget jan 27 December 2012 at 0452 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0041 - Reply

      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 at 0931 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0041 - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Bennett 🙂

      • Bennett 31 December 2012 at 0511 - Reply

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

        • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 1645 - Reply

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

  10. Mary @ The World Is A Book 27 December 2012 at 0954 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0042 - Reply

      Thanks, Mary. She really loved the Sky Tower.

  11. ItalianNotes 27 December 2012 at 1128 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0042 - Reply

      🙂

  12. Muza-chan 27 December 2012 at 1611 - Reply

    Great photo, I love the angle 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0042 - Reply

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  13. jade 27 December 2012 at 1729 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0043 - Reply

      Very New Zealand, those colours.

  14. InsideJourneys 27 December 2012 at 1940 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0044 - Reply

      It really is.

  15. Leigh 27 December 2012 at 2115 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0045 - Reply

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

  16. Dick Jordan 28 December 2012 at 0334 - Reply

    Another destination on my “bucket list”!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 31 December 2012 at 0046 - Reply

      Glad to hear it.

  17. Turkey's For Life 28 December 2012 at 1051 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0047 - Reply

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

  18. Suzzane from Travel Universally 28 December 2012 at 1404 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0048 - Reply

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

  19. Christina 29 December 2012 at 2155 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0053 - Reply

      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 at 1214 - Reply

    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 31 December 2012 at 0055 - Reply

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

  21. bonooobong 3 January 2013 at 2210 - Reply

    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 4 January 2013 at 1806 - Reply

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

  22. Cathy Sweeney 6 January 2013 at 2227 - Reply

    Love the thought of your little girl squealing with glee upon seeing the tower. Never been to NZ, but I really, really want to!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 at 1027 - Reply

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

  23. Andrea 7 January 2013 at 2258 - Reply

    I’m sure we saw this when we were there but you know, I don’t remember it!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 11 January 2013 at 1028 - Reply

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

  24. Turtle 28 February 2013 at 1839 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 March 2013 at 0416 - Reply

      That tall poppy syndrome… 🙂

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