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A public park in the central of Auckland where you can enjoy the natural sight of the city and admire the heritage statues of New Zealand
Hanging Out in the Nature Side of Auckland, Albert Park
Standing tall among the soaring trees, the statue of Queen Victoria is marked as the symbol of New Zealand's strong affiliation with the British culture. The statue is one of the Queen's bronzes erected in New Zealand along in other cities, namely Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin. Queen Victoria Statue was revealed to the public during the Queen's lifetime and signified as the token of New Zealand's affinity for colonial system and loyalty
Contrary to the gloomy Queen Victoria statue, Reed Memorial statue is a bright white monument placated in front of a giant oak tree. The sculpture of a little girl who brings a net and a fish becomes the focus of our attention as we look at the statue. Reed Memorial statue was built to commemorate George M Reed, a journalist who was also the part owner of Auckland Star and Otago Times, the newspaper company existed in the late 1870s. As bizarre as the sculpture may look, this Edwardian statue must not be missed when you stroll around Albert Park!
Located in front of the gigantic oak three and the path where the visitors walk with their beloved ones, Helen Boyd statue is also considered as the icon that you should pay attention to whenever you come to Albert Park. The ornamental statue was donated in funds earlier by Helen Boyd, a widow of pottery manufacturer. In the present time, the shirtless female statue may look a bit racy but hey, it is a Victorian artwork that is needed to be appreciated as well
Manufactured in Italy, South African Memorial is the result of Premier Richard Seddon's urge to remove the Union Jack. The 15th prime minister of New Zealand then revealed that the memorial is a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the 5th New Zealand contingent. Erected and inscribed by W. Parkinson as the Auckland firm, South African Memorial symbolized the relationship between New Zealand's pride and imperial loyalty which lay beneath South African War ceremonies. The hero sculptured on the memorial is a trooper who brings his rifle, standing beside a canon. Despite being non-citizen of New Zealand, we could still feel the spirit of past event that is depicted on the memorial
The last statue in Albert Park is the statue of Sir George Grey, one of New Zealand's famous governors. His statue was sculpted by J. Williamson, originally erected at the corner of Grey's Avenue and Queen Street. In 1922, Sir George Grey statue was moved to Albert Park due to the traffic hazard occurred in its initial placement. Unlike the previous Victorian statues in Albert Park, the statue of Sir George Grey is carved with Maori designs. Its unique model prompted a part of the statue to be broken off and stolen, allegedly by Maori activists. Fortunately, the sculpture got its replacement head soon thanks to Roderick Burgess
When it comes to appreciate the art in Auckland, our trip will be incomplete without visiting Auckland Art Gallery near Albert Park. Operating every day except on Christmas day from 10 am to 5 pm, Auckland Art Gallery provides various kinds of art collections, bequests, and donations. There are also three major projects held at the gallery, namely Auckland Triennial, Lindauer Online, and Walters Prize
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entry ticket because the access to Albert Park is free
How To Get Around?
You can reach Albert Park by bus, shuttle, taxi or walk from its entrance on Wellesley Street, Kitchener Street, Princes Street, and Bowen Avenue
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear the outfits according to the season because the park is accessible all the time. However, it is advisable to wear comfortable shirt or dress and shoes of your choice. You are also advised to bring your own meal because there is no food or drink vendor at the park
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Albert Park all time in a year as the place is opened for the public 24/7. There is also annual Lantern Festival held at Chinese New Year which the visitors are able to enjoy the live music and traditional Chinese dishes provided by the food carts
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you are able to explore the park by yourself without having the tour guide to accompany you
How To Get There?
There are various buses provided which you can use to go to Albert Park depending on the starting point of your trip. For example, you may take bus 992X and 951 from Constellation, Windsor Park, bus 85X and 953 from Unitec Institute of Technology, Point Chevalier South, bus 146 and 129 from The Hangar Bar, Kingdale, bus 72X from Pakuranga Plaza, bus 22N from New Lynn, Lynnmall, and bus 30 from Dress Smart Onehunga. You may also use shuttle, taxi, towncar, or Uber for relatively fair fare