John Oram

John Oram

Posted on 02/21/2015

Photo taken on February 20, 2015

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Asuka II arriving at Auckland (1) - 20 February 2015

Asuka II arriving at Auckland (1) - 20 February 2015 

The arrival of a cruise ship in port is an exciting thing to watch or be part of as a passenger. It is especially so when the surroundings are dramatic or beautiful like Auckland.

The NYK operated 'Asuka II' arrived from Sydney for a night in port before departure for Nuku'alofa, Tonga on its 2015 South Pacific Grand Cruise.

I photographed a long series of this arrival, mostly into or across the early morning sun and have posted as few as I can bear. This first shot includes the some of the considerable number of leisure craft around Auckland, a Robinson R44 helicopter which was watching the arrival with the benefit of the sun behind it and a sea bird getting a little closer than the helicopter.