I met their cute and cuddly pets Garfield and Kelsey while I was visiting.
In the few days before I attended the conference I took the chance to visit the Auckland Botanical Gardens (a beautiful, peaceful place).
|Ducks were everywhere in the gardens...|
|So were pukeko's!|
|Succulents and cactii|
|The lake and surrounds were lovely|
|One Tree Hill, Auckland, NZ|
Doug and Clare also took me up to One Tree Hill to get a 360 degree view of Auckland.
It might have been windy and cold (NZ had just had a record amount of snow dumped on it) but it was spectacular being able to put the geography in persepctive - the CBD, Mt.Wellington, Rangitoto Island, the two harbours and the Coromandel Peninsula.
|Rangitoto Island, Auckland, NZ|