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Old May 11th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #101
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Parnell Village is a dining and shopping area in Parnell with charming colonial-style shops and elegant cafes and restaurants. Many of the smaller boutique shops specialize in locally made art and crafts, with items ranging from designer jewellery and clothing to painting and sculpture.













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Went to Waitomo Caves, some 3 hours drive south of Auckland.
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The area known as Waitomo consists of a 45-km network of underground limestone caves and grottoes linked to the Waitomo River.

Due to time constraint, I only visited the Glowworm Cave. The cave has three levels - Banquet Chamber, Pipe Organ and Cathedral. The Cathedral has excellent acoustic characteristic that small musical concerts are sometimes held inside. The cave tour is capped by a short tranquil boat ride through a stream inside the cave illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Unfortunately, picture taking is prohibited inside the cave.

Walking towards the cave entrance.






The boat ride ends at another cave opening










Tour coaches in waiting




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Saint Matthew-in-the-City Anglican Church








On my first day in Auckland, I chanced upon this church's billboard. .



A couple of days later, this is how it looked... the billboard targeted by vandals.



I later found out that this inner Auckland church has created world headlines before with its Christmas message. The billboard showed a disappointed looking Mary and Joseph in bed with a caption saying, "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow." It grew criticism from around the world, was defaced, attacked with a knife, repaired, attacked again and finally removed.
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a Catholic church established in 1842.





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I took the chance to attend the Easter Sunday mass. This series of pictures shows what I noticed in the altar. This first photo shows the cross right in the middle of the red background.




As the mass is in progress, I noticed that the cross had become off-center...



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Don't know if this is an abandoned building or not, but graffiti has taken over its walls and windows.



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