Auckland 2017 – The Eighth Day

As I promised/predicted in my last entry, today was a day for ‘household’ chores, predominantly the washing of clothes and the cleaning of the flat. It was to these tasks that I devoted my day, and given the ‘slowness’ of the washing machine there was also some opportunity for some reading and contemplating.

Yes, there wasn’t much done today, though I did manage to escape from the flat to the supermarket for some food for dinner tonight and tomorrow. In going to the supermarket, located in one of the larger shopping centres near by, I was surprised to note that all the bank branches and the post office were open for business…on a Sunday! Strange practice that would not go over well, I think, in Australia, though given the way Saturday and Sunday are no longer attracting penalty rates in some industries, perhaps there’s a possibility at some point in the future.

I have decided that tomorrow I am going to drive to Waitangi, to visit the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. I figured that this event and place, so central to the history of New Zealand, was almost a requirement for a first time visitor to the country. It’s a three hour drive each way, so it will be an ‘early’ night tonight, and a very early start in the morning to ensure that I have adequate time at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and don’t arrive back too late in the day.

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