New Zealand - From the Air

New Zealand from the air

These are the first sights you'll see as you fly into Auckland from the United States. The first photo is the south side of Great Barrier Island and the second shows the southeastern corner of Waiheke Island, looking southeast at Chamberlins Island, both technically in the City of Auckland.

Continuing toward Auckland Airport, Pakihi Island with my first view of the mainland coast, then looking south toward Lake Waikare and the Hapuakohe Range.

Landing on a westerly approach, here we see the Mount Wellington suburb of Auckland, looking north up the Tamaki River.

Post-sunset takeoff from AUK, heading east back to the States. Rangitoto, a mountain on the eponymous island, is in the back centre of the 3rd photo. The 4th photo showcases Mangere Inlet.

For now, the plane is rising faster than the sun is setting, so I briefly get slightly more light to play with. The first two photos look north across downtown Auckland, with Rangitoto Island once again in the back centre of the 2nd photo and the Tamaki River in front. The 4th photo captures Mangere Inlet to the left and the Tamaki to the right.

The larger islands are Rangitoto and Motutapu (nearly linked, at centre in 1st photo), Rakino to their right, and Motuihe to the front right. In the 2nd photo, Oneroa at the tip of Waiheke Island points to Motutapu Island for a more westerly view.

Wave goodbye to our island friends. The last photo, with as much light as I could muster, is the northern tip of Coromandel Peninsula., and the first photo that's not in the city limits of Auckland.

On that note, wave goodbye to our sun friend, and I'll go to bed shortly.

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