We had a fantastic turnout of 24 people, made up of new staff members and their families, and hosts Paul, Christine and Natalie. The group - like Theta - was extremely multi-national, with seven different countries represented. Our German tour bus driver Bernd added an eighth nationality to the mix, not to mention looking after us really well.
The tour kicked off from the office and headed first to the top of Mt Eden, to give a 360⁰ perspective of Auckland. The view was great but the wind made it rather chilly!
Next was a brief stop at the Domain where we saw the “real thing” - silver fern in the fern garden - and also had a quick look through the Wintergarden.
The fernery and Wintergarden were even new to some of the trip's kiwi hosts, like Natalie Finn, who said "from a Kiwi perspective, it was an educational trip for us as well, there were places some of us hadn’t been to before."
Rob Lee, our CEO, joined us on the beach for a fish and chip lunch at Mission Bay – how Kiwi is that? Fish and chips from the Fish Pot Café of course!
To complete the circuit of the Waitemata Harbour we headed over the harbour bridge and then up across the Upper Harbour Highway and back to the office via Western Springs, where we went past the Zoo, Western Springs Lake and MOTAT.
As you can see from the photos, everyone enjoyed the day, and despite a windy start the weather was kind.
"Shiv Malhan described the tour as "very well thought out and planned" while for Raghavendra Rao Baru "it was a wonderful opportunity to meet and know many people like me - from different continents and countries.” He added that he was happy to see the New Zealand icon - the silver fern - on the tour, and to be part of the Theta family.