Auckland-January 30, 2010
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Photo: Docking in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, we headed out first to visit the Sky Tower.  An attractive structure, it dominates the skyline and is one of the tallest structures in the southern hemisphere.
Photo: The view of the ship from up top
Photo: Don't look down...visitors, who are not afraid of heights, stand on these windows.  There are many signs about how strong the glass is but most persons hold on to something while on the glass.
Photo: The views from all sides were spectacular on this beautiful, clear day.
Photo: Auckland's residents love boating as evidenced by this marina.
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Photo: Auckland has over one fourth of New Zealand's four million residents.
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Photo: That line is not the window frame--it's the bungee cord for those so inclined.
Photo: We did not have time to try it.  The jump of about 600 feet costs around $135. The oldest person to do it was 86.  They have another attraction where you walk around the outside of the Sky Tower perimeter near the top while secured to a line--about ten persons do that at a time. The combined rate for the two (the Look and Leap rate) is about $180.
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Photo: Auckland is New Zealand's only city with very tall buildings.  New Zealand, unlike Australia, is in a significant earthquake zone and buildings must be designed accordingly.
Photo: From our next stop, we were able to view the city and the dominating Sky Tower.
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Photo: Sign at the entrance to Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.
Photo: The facility has King and Gentoo penguins; they were larger than other penguins we saw on the trip.
Photo: The conditions in the penguin enclosure, including lighting and temperature, are changed depending on the time of year to mimic the penguins' natural environment
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