Where is it?
Auckland, where we live, is the largest city in New Zealand. We live but fifteen minutes easy walk from its heart but it could be a hundred miles. The shared garden out back is large and a lovely place to sit around in summer (November - March) Many large shady trees, some fruit bearing. (We have plums, tamarillos, avocados, feijoas and lemons near us and there are more plums, loquats and mandarins and lemons further up as well as a huge Mulberry tree. The neighbours are friendly!
It is an easy 7 minute walk to a long trendy shopping/restaurant/boutique shops district (best area in the city for this) In the other direction it's only fifteen minutes to walk into the city for usual attractions like theatres/galleries/library etc. We are the nearest residential area outside the city centre where there are only apartments. There are several large parks and recreational areas in our near neighbourhood. The newly developed waterfront area has childrens' play area, cafes of many ethnicities and fish market beside the working fishing boat harbour and is a pleasant walk in to town. We are handy to major bus and ferry terminals and there are good local bus services near the house to take you to the city and terminals if you prefer not to walk. Harbour ferries can take you to historic areas, parks and walks or to the Islands of the Gulf. We offer our old but reliable car for use as desired and good beaches are but five minutes drive while great ones are 15 minutes to an hour and a bit away by car. Situated on a narrow isthmus, Auckland has golden sand, intimate East Coast beaches and sweeping, wild, black sand, surfing, West Coast beaches. Great walking and tramping in the areas at the edges of the city. We'd leave directions on how to get to any of these places of interest, of course.
There are several farmers markets on weekends for fresh produce and an excellent supermarket and food speciality markets etc all handy.
The ferry terminal will get you to Islands of the Gulf where some of New Zealand's best vineyards, olive groves and beaches are to be found and another vineyard area to the North-west is but 20 minutes drive.
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