Category Archive for: Auckland Culture

Auckland’s car parking buildings have the best views in the city

  A few weeks ago I had a couple of tourists on the back of my biketaxi. We were going down Quay st and they were asking me why the Britomart carparking building has the best realestate in the area. I didn’t have an answer. It seems like a strange zoning mis-step by the council…

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Auckland Bike taxis are a superior form of transport

I have never owned a car and while it’s a bit inconvenient I feel like my conscience is clearer environmentally and socially. The few times I have driven a car I am struck by how dangerous it is. Just last week I watched a man playing a game o his phone while waiting at a…

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Myers Park and the Taniwaha who would not be tamed

So the other night I had a couple of people in the back of the rickshaw and I rode them up to the bridge over Myers Park. As they got off the bike they were talking like they didn’t really want to pay the fare. Now granted it was three in the morning, granted they…

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Albert park is the heart of the city

Five minutes walk from the Auckland CBD is a huge park full of half naked tourists, students attempting to read the latest photocopies from their lecturer in size 8 font and office workers getting away from their high-rise cubicle lifestyle. This park has the essence of what can make a city more liveable. An inner…

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What is the secret of Wynyard Quarter’s popularity?

Bikeman rickshaws spend a lot of time picking up people from Wynyard Quarter so I thought I would explore some of the reasons why this is such a popular area.  There are Strange water features that children and dogs love In a city that often values practicality over art Wynyard Quarter has some refreshing and…

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Large steps, Small Footprints

A great new cycle-way just opened linking the Upper Queen st and Nelson st. It is bright pink and has an awesome camber. Bikeman spent some time going back and forth along the route and found that more than being necessary to Auckland’s cycle-ways, it is fun. And this is exactly what Auckland needs. I…

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Auckland will have a car-free inner city

  Why is it that Auckland, with 1.4 million people doesn’t have a plaza or square where people gather as a community? Aotea Square is the incumbent but inadequate place-holder of the role however it’s sparse and impersonal size lends it’s use more to large-scale events rather than everyday socialising. WYNYARD QUARTER IS INADEQUATE The…

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