The choice of outings was bewildering, but in the end we settled on a harbour cruise. Waitemata, the harbour's name, means 'sparkling water' - absolutely! We were blessed with a bright sunny day.
We toured every wharf, jetty and marina in Auckland Central, amid a forest of moored sailing boats, before dodging in and out of a fast-moving regatta.
Then we headed out past the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. How anyone could live for years in the tiny wooden shack perched on top of a delicate metal structure is one of life's great mysteries. Well, perhaps not, but still a marvel.
Then an altogether far too brief stop on volcanic Rangitoto island, boasting the largest Pohutukawa - New Zealand's flaming red 'Christmas tree' - forest in the world. World famous. In New Zealand anyway.
Then past historic Devonport and the naval base to the iconic harbour bridge - just in time to see someone bungee jump off it.
Then back - and supper in a restaurant at the beach in St Heliers - beginning to think about heading for home: just a few thousand miles...