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September 16, 2013

Following the Steps of Our Ancestors Up River

Mr. Munro and I like to explore our city, and yesterday we did a boat trip from Z Pier in central Auckland, up the Upper Waitemata harbor to the historic pub at Riverhead.The Riverhead was established in 1857 and holds New Zealand’s second oldest liquor licence. Incidentally, we visited the oldest one—the Duke of Marlborough in Russell, Bay of Islands—a couple of weeks ago.

Shelley at Z Pier

This is me, sitting on the top deck of the Red Boat and waiting to leave on our adventure. Central Auckland and the Sky Tower are in the background.

Harbor Bridge and City

Our boat traveled under the harbor bridge. Two New Zealand flags were flying on the bridge yesterday. The flags change often and honor different countries. For example on the US Independence Day the US flag will fly along with the New Zealand one.

Property on the way to Riverhead 

We traveled in the footsteps of our ancestors who used ferries and boats on the upper harbor as a means of transport to head north. Lots of gorgeous properties lined the harbor and this is one of them. A big lawn to mow!

Red Boat at Riverhead

This is the Red boat. It tied up at the jetty and we climbed up lots of steps to get to the pub. The view was gorgeous from the terrace and lots of people were dining in the restaurant. Mr. Munro and I chose some bar snacks, beer and wine and spent time in the public bar. The people watching was awesome.

Although children and families are welcome, the management like the children to remain under close parental supervision. They had these cute signs everywhere relating to children, and the one below is my favorite.

Riverhead Children Sign

We had a fun day, although we were tired out when we arrived home. I can’t wait for our next local adventure, whatever that might be.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy Sunday?


  1. Mary Kirkland

    I’ve seen those kind of signs floating around the internet. That’s pretty funny. Loved the pictures oh and I love your hair.

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks, Mary. I’ve grown it a bit longer over winter.

  2. Alice Audrey

    I’ve seen that sign about unattended children before, but it’s more fun when thinking about a place with an old liquor license. Wish I could people watch with you.

    • Shelley Munro

      It was interesting since the mix of patrons was very different from our local pubs and restaurants. People watching is always fun :)

  3. T.F. Walsh

    Love seeing your photos… haha the sign for unattended kids is great.

  4. Sandra Cox

    You and the hubby always take such fun excursions. I like that sign too:)

  5. Heather

    Sounds like a fun day trip. Love the shot and lore about the bridge.