Auckland, New Zealand Listing No.67
  3 Bedrooms  
  2 Bathrooms  
  New to Exchanging Desired destination: London. May consider other offers.
  Occupations: University academics Time of Year: Open 

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  Description. We live in a light and airy 3-bedroom family home, with an expansive outlook over trees, park, houses, and peeps of the sea. It is located in a quiet, peaceful street, only minutes walk to the lively Parnell restaurant and shopping area. We have a large sunny lounge, a separate dining area, and large kitchen. There is a small outdoor patio area with fishpond, and a garden with citrus and other trees. The house has all modern conveniences, and has a relaxed, comfortable feel. Parnell is one of Auckland's most desirable neighborhoods. It is a leafy area, with an eclectic mix of architecture. It is known for its restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and specialty shops. Nearby Newmarket (also walking distance) is a large and interesting shopping area which meets all requirements (including supermarket, movie theatres, gym). Parnell has numerous beautiful parks, including the large Auckland Domain, where the Auckland museum is located. This museum has an outstanding collection of Polynesian exhibits, and it is the most visited museum in the Southern hemisphere. Also close by are tennis courts, swimming pools, and waterfront walking and biking paths. Parnell's central location affords easy access to many of Auckland's other attractions by public transport. It is close to the downtown centre, the university, the waterfront, and the America's cup village. Auckland is a vibrant South Pacific city (population around 1 million). It is the largest Polynesian city in the world. Auckland is built between two harbours. The Hauraki Gulf opens out into the Pacific Ocean, and the Manukau Harbour opens into the Tasman Sea. The Hauraki Gulf contains numerous subtropical islands, including a native bird reserve, holiday islands complete with cafes and wineries, and an extinct volcano. It is perfect for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Within Auckland city, there are numerous safe beaches. Auckland has a lively restaurant and café culture. Excellent food and local wine are readily available. There are interesting art galleries, libraries, and a range of performing arts. Within 40-60 minutes of the city centre are spectacular wild surf beaches (e.g., the beach where The Piano was filmed), vineyards, 'bush' (forest) walks, and many golf courses. 
We are both university academics, who will be on sabbatical over the time of the exchange. Russell is an evolutionary biologist, who will be visiting University College London. Nicola is a psychologist, who will be working on a book project. Our daughter, Rosa, is nearly 5. She will be spending the days sightseeing with Nicola's mother Beth, who will be traveling with us. Rosa is a happy, caring child, who is also respectful of property. We are non-smokers, and prefer no smoking in the house. We have an elderly cat, Samantha, who we would only leave with other cat lovers (otherwise we would arrange alternative accommodation for her).
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  Listed February 2001