Despite the tiny number of daily produced (and trademarked) cronuts being produced authentically at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City everyday, they are popping up all over New Zealand bakeries. “Cleverly” spelled croinuts (maybe to avoid getting sued across the ocean), these croissant/donut hybrids couldn’t be avoided by me for long. We started today at the City Market and I spotted this chocolate version. It was super messy (full of chocolate pudding) but so tasty.
After washing down the above pastry with a yummy latte, we ordered two breakfast sandwiches at Food for the People. I had a vegetable frittata and Brian had the bacon and egg butty.
We, unfortunately, got full and missed out on all of the other delicious, gourmet offerings. However, we did enjoy the live music and the beautiful view of the city from the water.

Right next to the market is the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa. I was a little wary after our last New Zealand museum experience in Auckland, but I was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful collection of New Zealand’s arts, culture, history, and ecology. When we walked into the lobby, there was a puppet show about a man in a boat being visited by a mermaid going on for children (although I liked it too).

We walked around three of the five floors for a couple of hours and headed to the gift shop which is infamous (in the guidebooks at least) as a great place to buy souvenirs that are reasonably priced and not tacky. The rest of the day was spent walking around in the sunny, 70-degree day, doing laundry in our in-room machine (yes mom, I am excited about that) and catching up on emails/bills.

We ate dinner at the General Practitioner. While it is no longer a doctor’s office, the implements still line the walls. We both had the fish and chips (which were very good) and shared the meringue (which was a bit too sweet, even for me). It was getting cold and windy when we were done so we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.

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