Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out and about in Auckland City

A few weeks I had the pleasure of spending the day with my dear daughter and we went exploring around the older parts of Auckland City.
Walking around you get to see so much more, all the wonderful old buildings I love this architecture so much.

The first I would like to show you is St Andrews Church and the sky and clouds looked ominous and not long after we got caught in a shower of rain. As you can see the Saint Andrews Cross, The Saltire, flag of Scotland is set in the lead light glass windows
The High Court is a lovely old building and the interesting feature of this, is a Prussian Immigrant Anton Teutenberg decorated the building with gargoyles and they are a glorious example of Gothic grotesque. Though common on churches and cathedrals around Europe they are rarely seen in the Antipodes.

Formerly known as the old Arts building the clock tower was designed by Roy Alston Lippincott.
The clock tower helped define the University's architectural spirit combining traditional elements with local decorative motifs, flax flowers, ponga fronds and Kaka can be found in the stone detailing.
It is also known as The Wedding Cake

The old Auckland Club is a nice old building overgrown with Ivy and often think this looks a little spooky

Lastly I like the lines of this building and the soft muted colours
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little of the architecture around the older parts of the City.
Thanks for the kind visits to my blog and I look forward to coming over to visit you.
Wishing you a happy week


  1. So interesting you showed us the architecture of older parts of Auckland. I cannot remember to have seen the High Court and the Wedding cake for instance when we were in New Zealand but that´s already a long time ago, 18 years......
    Regards, Janneke

  2. Dear Carolyn,
    thank you for those wonderful pictures from Auckland City! I love those wonderful buildings!
    Wishing you a lovely rest of the week,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings to you ,my dearest friend!
    Claudia xoxo

  3. Love the clock tower known appropriately as 'The Wedding Cake' - I wonder when it dates from?

    1. Hi Rosemary,

      The Wedding Cake was built in 1923 -6 and then in 1985 -88 went under major restoration, strengthened, and cleaned regaining the whiteness.

  4. Hello Carolyn,
    How lovely to have spent the day with your daughter! What stunning buildings. they are all gorgeous, but my favorite is the High Court building...what a treasure!
    Big hug

  5. What fantastic buildings. I love the High Court. It`s so beautiful

  6. So many interesting and beautiful buildings, Carolyn!
    Happy to hear you've enjoied your tome there!

  7. Wowwww beautiful! from me Ria x

  8. Such a different contrast in building styles. My favourite is the Wedding cake. Sarah x

  9. Beautiful photos(as always)!Thank you very much :)

  10. Beautiful photos of the city, Carolyn! Kisses, my friend.

  11. Amazing pics, darling! Love the architecture!


  12. The picture with the church tower is amazing and the whole city is surely worth seeing!

  13. Carolyn, I'm glad you got to explore the older parts of the city. That is where the most wonderful things are. Love this old church and the architecture. When Nel traveled to Europe, she saw an old gothic style church with gargoyles that she thought was interesting. 'The Wedding Cake' is so grand and pretty.

    Such a lovely day visiting Auckland City.


  14. I love Auckland! The people are so nice and the food is great! Richard Butler Creagh

  15. Dearest Carolyn,
    That no doubt were marvelous architectural buildings you show us here. Quite surprising to see those styles! Gargoyles will be very few in your continent and that makes it so special. Love the 'Wedding Cake' Tower; so lacy and beautiful. Glad it got fully restored.
    Sending you hugs and wishing you a happy weekend!

  16. Every beautiful building has been preserved well. You citizens are great.

  17. These buildings are stunning, Carolyn. They all have such gorgeous details, especially the 'wedding cake' building. It's so nice to spend the day with your dear daughter in such a lovely place. Sending you hugs xo Karen

  18. Hi Carolyn, Love seeing these gorgeous views and buildings in Auckland. The details are incredible. Love the vintage church. The wedding cake building is amazing.
    Thank you for sharing all this beauty and great info.
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Hugs and Joys xo

  19. Amazing post and photos dear! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  20. Dear Carolyn, I was not here or a very long time.ich had much to do and it does not always work with the blogging. But I always follow your reports. But I hope it will be better now ...
    Your photos of auckland are wonderful and I think this is an interesting city.
    See you soon and best regards & hugs

  21. Lovely pictures and beautiful buildings! Always so nice visiting your blog...
    Love from Titti

  22. So lovely to spend a day with your daughter.
    I enjoyed seeing all of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  23. Dearest Carolyn, oh yes it's always wonderful and funny to spend a day with the daughter (I love it, too!) - and it must be great to walk araound in Auckland. This city has many very interesting and pretty buildings. I hope I can walk there one day, too! :-)
    Hugs and best wishes from Austria,

  24. Hi dear friend ¡, que bonito es Aukland ,, es unas bella cuidad ,, me gustan mucho sus fotos

  25. Dear Caroline, catching up with your news I'm happy to know that you have been able to spend time with your daughter. The architecture in the old quarter of Aukland is so elegant and appealing. The apartment you stayed in when the home renovations were taking place also looks beautiful. I hope by now you're settled back home. xx

  26. Dear Carolyn
    Beautiful pictures and the buildings are very nice.
    Love and hugs Yvonne

  27. Dear Carolyn,
    Everything looks amazing! Beautiful photos!
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  28. ne güzel bir paylaşım :)
    Blogunu takipteyim canım bloguma beklerim.


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