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Auckland, New Zealand

JAFA's, rugby, more French people than France.

all seasons in one day 12 °C

The airport looked like Heathrow, all upstairs and shiny with over priced tat shops. Our flight was with LAN airlines, very comfortable and smooth. Would defiantly fly with them again, I preferred them to BA. The 13 hours just literally flew by!

Immigration was exactly like you see on those TV programs, so strict, I was pleased to have a British passport, and the South Americans going through had a much harder time still. After getting through the bag scan (with chocolate biscuits and coffee that we forgot we had!) we got a super shuttle to our hostel. What an awesome service! From airport to door, with the friendliest drivers ever that told us the history of Aucland, New Zealand, about the different driving styles, where to go and everything you could want to know! Apparently Aucklanders are know as JAFA's (Just Another Friendly Aucklander) so true, they really are friendly!

Our Hostel is fab, although full of so many French people it's a wonder there are any left in France. For the first three nights we got complimentary upgraded to a family room, with en-suite and french doors opening up onto our own little decking area with table and chairs. We were planning on only being here until Friday, but the New Zealand post system is a little bit slow and we are still awaiting the delivery of our Credit cards, so we can hire a camper van and be free.

We are staying in Ponsonby, an area about 15-20minutes walk out of the city centre and it is very cool. Full of cool people, cool shops and cool bars. Thank goodness the hostel had laundry facilities and (Phil was too excited about this) an iron and ironing board, otherwise we would be the scruffiest! Went out last night to watch the rugby, New Zealand v Australia, New Zealand were all over Australia. Then went to a bar called Ponsonby social club, the bar that you would want to own if you wanted to own a bar. Great cocktails, wine list and service.

We also went up to the top of the sky tower, a huge tower in the centre of Auckland, you can see for 80kms all around. We went up during the day, then again a sunset and watched nightfall over the city. Very very beautiful. Also took a trip on a shark bus to Kelly Tarlton's under water world. There were penguins, huge huge stingrays and sharks, and lots of other fishy creatures too. Again, I returned to being a child for the afternoon.

Food and drink here is super expensive! Not sure if we have got too used to South American prices, but a red pepper costs NZ$5, like 2pounds fifty! Mental. So we aren't living like Kings and Queens anymore. But hey ho, we are in an amazing place, and I wouldn't change it for the world (other than the slow post).

We're hoping that our cards arrive in the post tomorrow and we can pick up our camper and head off to see the rest of New Zealand.

Phil says 'stay chooned for more'....

Posted by Big Adventure 23:14 Archived in New Zealand Tagged sky sunset tower world underwater cocktails auckalnd kelly tarlton's

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