Monday, April 15, 2019

NZ Cruise Day whatever Tauranga

It wasn't until after we left Tauranga that we learnt how to pronounce the name. If you are a Melburnian, it is a little like Tooronga.

It was a bus to the town area and this time we had to pay $15 return. The port in Tauranga, as we passed by in the bus, was huge and is the largest port in New Zealand. We were dropped off on one side of a railway line and had to walk across the track. It is a reasonable sized town and with very busy motor traffic but quite calm and slow traffic. The streets and the calm traffic reminded me a little of Hirosaki in Japan.

How hard was it pushed on the ship and on the bus that there were two for one coffees for ship passengers at Robert Harris. It wasn't the only time businesses were pushed. I would have liked to support a smaller local cafe for our coffee, but R was determined to get our two for one price coffee. Except, what did he do when he ordered? He forgot about the two for one deal and paid full price for two cups of coffee. I wish he was as generous towards me when I make as mistake as I am towards him.

I didn't take many photos. Meanwhile back at home it was niece Little M's birthday. This sign was irresistible to put on FB for family to see.


Small town art galleries can be good. We visited. A school group was receiving an art education. I wish I could have overheard some explanation of the art.






I don't know why I did not take a photo but in the upstairs area of the gallery was a Rodin exhibition, including one of his sculptures. Let me check. Best if I just paste in what I found. The small exhibition was interesting and it is a nice sculpture. The vase shall I say, was interesting.

From Te Papa to Tauranga, Remembering Rodin features the bronze sculpture Eve; by Auguste Rodin, dating back to 1882.
Accompanying Rodin’s sculpture is a large, opulent porcelain vase, presented to the New Zealand Services by the Prime Minister of France and a friend of Rodin, Georges Clemenceau in 1919.
French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the world’s most famous artists whose work had a huge influence on modern art, setting the scene for 20th-century modernism.
Among his most well-known works are The Age of Bronze (1876), The Thinker (1880) and The Kiss (1882).


A fat old man in front of the ship.


Farewell to Tauranga.


16 comments:

  1. It looks like a delightful place.
    I do love art galleries and will freely admit to occasionally evesdropping on paid tour explanations of some works. But then I evesdrop on lots of things...

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    1. EC, it was a small gallery, which suited us well. I too eavesdrop on tours.

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  2. I love museums and art galleries. I could get lost in them. Tauranga looks quite lovely.
    Love the picture of the ship!

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    1. Maribeth, it was a nice town, not too small, not too big.

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  3. Sounds like you are having a nice tour. I love NZ but I've only done self drive trips.

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    1. Diane, had, past tense. NZ is just wonderful.

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  4. Your second last photo, looking over the town into the beach, looks blissful. That is how I would like to live out my late years - near a port and an open ocean.

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    1. Hels, I think it was an R phone photo, but at our age we don't want to swim in the sea now, so how good to see open ocean and rough waves.

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  5. I, too, love galleries and also eavesdrop on everything!

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    1. Jackie, it is always a good way to fill in some time.

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  6. I would hazard a guess that the coffee place makes quite a bit from people forgetting to ask for the deal :)

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  7. I thought the same as jenny_o about the coffee. Is that you in front of the ship? You're not fat, just round in the middle, truly fat would have fat arms and legs too.

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    1. Yes River, I am the man with the bulging guts in the photo. I made it small to not show too clearly but once published, it looks reasonably detailed. I really don't like to see myself through a camera lens as it is not how I imagine myself to look.

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  8. Hard to say no to anything free, but then to forget, give R a hard time for me.

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    1. Stayer, giving anyone a hard time is not my style. I think that really annoys R, how I did not criticize him.

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