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February 10, 2015

Exploring Auckland!

Natasha “Scoop” Kaufman, B Watch, Boston University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hayden enjoys a peaceful moment in an urban playground in Auckland.

Ship's Log

Alongside Princes Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand

Overcast, then sunny, then rainy, then scorchin’…

Souls on Board

We awoke bright and early this morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast, courtesy of steward Lauren, before setting off on a walking tour of Auckland. Our tour, led by Mary, brought us to the neighboring Queens Wharf and over to the Wynyard Quarter. As we learned about Auckland’s different waterfront areas, many of our fellow students shared information they had learned in their studies for our “Maritime History and Culture” course. We also got a great perspective on the importance of the city’s commercial industries. In the Wynyard Quarter, we saw the process of converting an industrial site to a recreational area, with an emphasis on maintaining the history of waterfront industries. We enjoyed a small public library, an information center, and sidewalk structures, all in refitted shipping containers.

One great element of Auckland is the public spaces. We saw two public playgrounds on our walking tour, in addition to the library. “The Cloud,” a building constructed on Queens Wharf for the crowds brought by the 2011 Rugby World Cup, houses games such as badminton, ping pong, and giant Jenga blocks, for the public to enjoy (including us!). We were even impressed by the number of public restrooms.

After our walking tour, we enjoyed some free time in the city. Many students sought interviews as primary sources for various projects. Some chose to explore local coffee shops, or return to the ship for a nap. Others, including myself, hung out at The Cloud, and then visited a local park. (One big difference between Auckland and American cities: while our parks have baseball diamonds, theirs have cricket pitches!) Everyone was glad to have some downtime after busy days of traveling, exploring, and learning.

The group is well into the process of acclimating to shipboard life. We’ve unpacked our bags and are starting to “learn the ropes,” so to speak. Last night’s orientation familiarized us with the engine room, the galley, the lab, and the procedures for boat checks. Learning the ship’s unique policies and getting used to sharing this space has everyone stoked to get underway on Thursday. Until then, we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s bus tour!

- Natasha

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s257  port stops  new zealand • (7) Comments


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#1. Posted by Helen's Parents - Barb and Tim on February 10, 2015

We are so excited to know you are all on board and ready to explore.  Bon Voyage! We will be glued to the blog for updates and pictures.

#2. Posted by Laura Kennedy on February 10, 2015

Sounds awesome already

#3. Posted by Rick and Trine Clemens on February 10, 2015

Maravilla and crew, tomorrow you set sail and I hope it is with great excitement.  In the words of Maravilla’s great, great uncle Samuel Clemens, aka Mark twain (actually no relation to Maravilla at all, but that would be way cool):
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

And may the 4 winds always blow you safely home. ~ Jerry Garcia

Enjoy immensely!! 

#4. Posted by pendy colman on February 11, 2015

Bon Voyage Emma and safe travels to all <3

#5. Posted by Kim on February 11, 2015

I hope you had a great day on your bus tour today! We will miss hearing from you as you set sail for your first adventure at sea! Love and miss you!

#6. Posted by Barbara Adele Clark on February 11, 2015

to all the students and crew!  bon voyage!  and be sure and include pictures of Trevor and or Janet on your blog posts—-love Janet’s mom—- aka Barbara

#7. Posted by Gabi Kaufman and Katie Graves on February 20, 2015

We hope you’re having a wonderful adventure in New Zealand! We miss you (Scoop and Sarah) very very much! Sending you lots of love from frosty Ohio!
<3 Gabi and Katie (the residents of Burton 210)



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