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"Go Polynesian in Auckland"

frequent_flyer
Submitted by: frequent_flyer Length of trip: Less than a week
Trip taken: January 2008 No. of people on trip: 3 people

Locations visited:

Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific: Auckland, New Zealand

Trip Features:
Culture: Ethnic/Religious, Cityscapes, Landmarks/sightseeing
Beach and Nature: Garden

frequent_flyer took this trip with his Immediate family and also recommends this trip for those traveling with their:
> Grandkids
> Guy Friends
> Girlfriends
> Alone
> Extended, large family
> Significant other/Spouse
> Parents/Elderly relatives
> Group of friends

The cost category of this trip was: moderate

TRIP DESCRIPTION

If you want a Polynesian experience in modern context, you gotta try Auckland, New Zealand.

My family and I had the most wonderful experience recently in what is actually the largest Polynesian city in the world, a fact not known by many people. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand (over a million people) of which a significant proportion are Polynesian. Their influence is seen everywhere in Auckland. We were fortunate enough to coincide our visit with Auckland anniversary weekend and near our hotel was a people's festival featuring an array of indigenous talent.

We stayed in an excellent hotel called The Heritage which is a renovated former department store. It has been tastefully restored using natural timbers and an understated modern makeover. It was centrally located, about 5 minutes walk from Queen St (the main thoroughfare). Each room has a kitchenette and excellent facilities including swimming pool, gym and excellent restaurant. The staff and service are excellent in the polite and friendly New Zealand manner.

10 minutes walk from the hotel is the wonderful Viaduct which is a pretty marina which has been rebuilt after Auckland hosted the America's Cup. Here you can take wonderful around the inner harbor, gazing at the luxury yachts and indulging at one of the many restaurants that dot the promenade. At the festival we watched a stunning show by a Cook Island troupe. There were pulsating rhythms of drumming combined with Pacific bellydancing. The sheer joy of music and carefree Pacific way of life radiated among the singers. This kind of music one can find in most clubs in Auckland where bands and other performers from Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Fiji indulge in their carefree love of music.

Probably the earliest Polynesian influence in Auckland came from the Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand). They are probably unique in the world in having come to a formal treaty with the invading white settlers some 200 years ago. This has laid the basis for a recognition of Maori land rights and voting entitlements. The Maori influence is everywhere and when one walks the streets of Auckland the number of non-white faces is striking indeed.

The Polynesian influence in Auckland may also be seen through the fashion industry with many New Zealand designers incorporating Polynesian influences in their work. This includes motifs and other designs which reflect Maori and Pacific Island culture.

If one goes to a supermarket, one can see many tropical foods which are sourced in Polynesia such as mangoes, guava, taro and kumera.

I think late January is a great time to visit Auckland because of the Auckland festival and the many other outdoor activities in the New Zealand summer. One of the great things about New Zealand is that daylight savings in New Zealand is much longer than in many other countries and it only gets dark around 9pm which allows you to enjoy a long day of excitment.

If you like penguins and Antarctica, you should really check out Kelly Tarlton Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World. There are daily feeding shows as well as up-close views of the penguins in their man made habitat.

You should really also take a harbor cruise. Auckland has a very pretty deep sea harbor with lots of bays and inlets which are often hidden from the road.


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