Hello again! It’s been a few months since my last overseas trip and this week my itchy feet finally got the better of me. I just had to get out there and see the world – even if that meant my own “back yard”.
Named after the longest serving mayor of Auckland, the Dove-Myer Robinson Park or Parnell Rose Gardens is just 2.2 km (2 miles) from the Auckland Ferry Building (a local landmark near the city centre).
On foot, it can take you about half an hour to get there although there’s lots of other options if you don’t have access to a car (public transport/bus, rental bicycles/cars, hop-on/hop-off explorer bus and more).
The first and last time I visited the Gardens (May 2015) was in our (New Zealand’s) late Autumn to Winter months. There wasn’t much to see then but dried out twigs, stems and branches. I’m no expert when it comes to roses, far from it, but I’d say they were in the truly dead part of their cycle.
I always wanted to go back and see what I missed. It was just out of curiosity I googled the Gardens to see if November was any different. This happened to be one of the best times of the year to visit.
In November, the park is host to the Parnell Festival of Roses where they showcase local crafts, art exhibitions, music and of course the stars… thousands of roses.
The festival included several other things I wasn’t expecting like conservation/recycling games and activities, some very cute and lovable dogs, and a range of exotic critters, insects and more.
I’ll let the rest of the photos do the talking…
[there’s more to follow]
If you’re going to visit Auckland and the Parnell Rose Gardens I definitely recommend coming at this time of the year (November) before the Holiday season (late December).
Most parents are working and the kids are still in school so accommodation should be cheaper and easier to find. They’ll also be less traffic on the road during the day if you have a car.
Summer doesn’t officially start until December but the weather’s been mostly fine this year so that’s another bonus if the trend continues.
Auckland has a moderately small population of about 1.3 million people so it’s never going to get as crazy as some larger cities when it comes to all the things above but it can still happen.
I’ll be posting more stay-cay adventures until my next overseas trip which is in just a few weeks. I’ll tell you all about it very soon.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!