The University of Auckland closed for the holidays on Friday the 19th, a civilized custom. We celebrated by heading to the Viaduct, adjacent to downtown and redeveloped for the America’s Cup races. Now that the races are over, the dragon boat racing clubs have made a pitch to use the sheds built for the NZ team as their headquarters, promising to boost tourism. The races we saw included both “open teams” of folks who wanted to have fun, and formally-sponsored teams, mostly companies – but one team was wearing the pink breast cancer campaign pink. Lots of fun, including a Santa Claus coxs’n who was dumped into the basin for a swim after his team lost.
Dragonboats in Auckland’s viaduct