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Merry Christmas from Auckland!

Merry Christmas from Auckland!

The pohutukawa, the New Zealand Christmas Tree, began to bloom in late November.

Pohutukawa beginning to bloom
Pohutukawa beginning to bloom

It was just last year I realized how many of the trees around me are pohutukawa, when they went into bloom just before Christmas.

Pohutukawa at Heath Reserve
Pohutukawa at Heath Reserve

I made sure to visit Albert Park in Auckland’s Central Business District for a look at the pohutukawa there.  The one in full bloom below is a long time favorite tree to sit in whenever I have time to pass in the city.

Albert Park
Albert Park

The giant Santa is still there at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets.  He looks a lot better since his 2009 makeover, and decidedly less creepy since the removal of the winking eye and beckoning finger.

Giant Santa
Giant Santa

We’ve had a couple of hot days in December, but it hasn’t settled into a consistent summer yet.  Today started looking a bit rainy, but the skies are now clear and blue, and we’re hoping the wind will die down a bit more.  If it does, we’ll probably go for a walk on the coast, otherwise we might opt for the shelter of the bush.

Franklin Road Christmas lights
Franklin Road Christmas lights

Franklin Road in Freeman’s Bay has a reputation in Auckland as a good place to see Christmas lights, so we went for a walk there last week.

Franklin Road Christmas lights
Franklin Road Christmas lights

The kiwi snow man is a great idea!

Franklin Road Christmas lights
Franklin Road Christmas lights

The Sky Tower is lit red and green for the holidays.

Sky Tower in red and green
Sky Tower in red and green

I wish you all very happy holidays!

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