Our 2008 trip to New Zealand saw us visit the Emerald Lakes, Waitomo glowworm caves and Bay of Plenty. We broke up the journey home with a brief stop in Hong Kong. This photograph was taken from Victoria Peak – the highest point of the Island.
To reach it we took a tram on a funicular railway. Although hairy at times, it was an incredible ride and really the only way to experience the wonders of the City.
Designed by British architect Terry Farrell, the wok-shaped Victoria Tower is an architectural icon. The 360° viewing platform – Sky Terrace 428 – stood 428 metres above sea level and offered spectacular panoramic views of the city and its harbours. It’s said on a clear day you can see across skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour right through to the green hills of the new territories.
Unsurprisingly the restaurants at Victoria Peak catered for a wide range of tastes and offered jaw dropping views of Victoria Harbour.
There were also two major shopping centres – Peak Tower and Peak Galleria. We bought a selection of ground teas in one of the gift shops. The owner was so excited we’d stopped by and purchased something, he made us both tea!
After tea we took the Peak Circle Walk, which circled the highest point of the Island, before taking the tram back to the City Centre. We then enjoyed an interesting dinner at the hotel before embarking on the final leg of our journey.
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