The first thing that catches your eye when you step on the ground of New Zealand is a bright blue sky, green grass and a very small number of people on the streets. This state exceeds the UK and Japan in terms of area, and it's populated by only 4,5 million people.
You are not allowed to import fruits and vegetables in New Zealand, you need to be very careful and do not forget an apple, orange or banana in your backpack. Absolutely all the bags of each passenger will be scanned. If they find any fruit or vegetable, you'll be issued quite a heavy fine of about $ 400. If a passenger does not agree to pay it, there will be an instant expulsion from the country, or you'll even have the chance to spend some time in a New Zealand prison.
New Zealand, as well as Australia, has the most stringent rules of biological protection and control. The reason is that there can be some small larva on fruits and vegetables, which absolutely doesn't have any natural enemies in this environment. It's able to change the ecosystem, well, almost like in the famous movie.
Such nice New Zealanders were walking slowly in the vicinity of the museum.
Here's the blue sky of the largest and the most advanced city of the Green Country.
This tree was planted in memory of the Swedish diplomat in Hungary Raoul Wallenberg, who saved 100,000 Jews from the Nazis, but was arrested by the NKVD "just in case" and finally "suddenly" died in Moscow.
I decided to visit the Auckland's most famous attraction - Sky Tower. You can see this tower from any point of the city.
Sometimes even in the reflections of modern high tech buildings.
New Zealand is not a cheap country. You have to pay 28 NZD, or about 23 USD (as of 2012) just to climb the observation deck of this tower.
You get on the tower on a high speed elevator with a glass window in the floor.
The tower offers beautiful views of the city of Auckland. New Zealand has become the 62nd country I've visited, but definitely my favorite one. I've got a serious intention to live there for a while. Even in big cities, people still live in individual houses with a small plot of land, that is why the territory of the cities is huge. And most importantly, there are absolutely no traffic jams I hate so much. Short-term locks can occur in Auckland, but traffic jams as a phenomenon are completely absent throughout the country.
Auckland is considered the largest Polynesian city and the largest city in South Pacific.
Here's the Auckland Museum we've already seen, but this time - from the
Observation deck of the tower has a section of the floor made of 38 mm thick glass. It has a strength of the concrete, at least, it was written so. Crowds of tourists always take pictures on it. Well, I was not an exception.
This is the cargo port of Auckland.
New Zealand is the first in terms of the number of boats, yachts per capita.
You can make a "speed descent" from Sky Tower - this is something between a bungee jumping and zip-line. The descent begins from the upper platform of the tower, where you can get from a restaurant.
You descend on two parallel ropes and land on the red pad at the base of the tower. You can see it on the right in this photo.
I decided not to jump from the tower. Firstly, because of the limited time. You can make the descent only from 10 am to 18 am. Secondly, because of the high cost - the descent cost more than two hundred New Zealand dollars at that moment. Thirdly, I'm also heading towards South Island - in Queenstown. There is a whole series of places for bungee jumping, which in my opinion will be more interesting.
There are also interesting pedestrian crossings in New Zealand. When you press the button for the green light of the pedestrian traffic, it emits a very strange sound. I have never seen this before.