Unseen Auckland

Some inner-city attractions you may not know about, even if you have lived there for years. (The first instalment of a two-part post.)

Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway, seen from the Grey Lynn Library
The Civic Theatre, on the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street in downtown Auckland
The Grey Lynn Public Library
Looking southward over the Auckland Domain and the inner-city suburb of Grafton from an aircraft flying over the downtown office district of Auckland in 1949. Full credit: Grafton Road, Auckland. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-19229-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22512926. CC BY 4.0. Labels ‘Winter Garden’ and ‘Hospital’ added for this post.
Old Government House
The urban marae on the city campus of Auckland University
Princes Street Merchant’s House
Old wooden buildings in Albert Park
The Albert Park Fountain, installed quite early on in the park’s development
Another refreshing view of the fountain
The band rotunda at Albert Park (it is on a sloping site)
Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand in the 1840s and again in the 1860s, generally regarded as the chief instigator of the 1863 invasion of the lands of the Waikato Māori, which he directed from the Old Government House. Damaged at least once in the past, this is the sort of statue that might not be there forever, I suspect.
A selfie by the fountain with the Sky Tower, and some apartments in Kitchener Street, behind
Queen Victoria. This statue actually dates back to Victorian times itself.
The South African War Artillery Memorial and one of two historic coastal defence guns in the background, with the Metropolis apartment building further behind
The same memorial, January 2023
Love Breaking the Sword of Hate, photograph by Henry Winkelmann (between 1900 and 1909), Auckland Libraries collection, Albert Park (H W) Tourist Series 1495, no known copyright, via DigitalNZ.
Frederick George Radcliffe, Albert Park Auckland (ca. 1903). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries (35-R137)
Love Breaking the Sword of Hate, January 2023
Grafton Bridge, by J. W. Chapman-Taylor, 1920s. Source: Te Papa, registration number O.002437. See URL http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/224456
The Entrance to the Winter Garden. Spot the date: 1927.
Information panel on the Temperate House
The closed Tropical House in the Winter Garden
A visitor taking a photo of one of the several classical statues in the Winter Garden
The lily pond in the Winter Garden, looking toward the Fernery entrance
The Fernery Entrance
Walking down into the Fernery
Down in the Fernery
Fernery Goldfish
Inside the Temperate House: the next two photos were also taken inside the Temperate House
Excuse fingers!
A temporarily dried-out ornamental pond next to the Tropical House



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Mary Jane Walker

Traveller, journalist, author of 18 books and of 300 blog posts on Medium and on my website a-maverick.com.