Arrive in Auckland after a long and boring flight. If you are lucky ones you had all night to sleep but I doubt it! First the adrenaline rush of the trip will keep you awake let alone the horrible movies and/or the snoring person next to you. Donít forget to get up and stretch every once in awhile too.
So it is Auckland. I suggest you should pick up your rental vehicle and make for the accommodation you have booked or just go and pick up the rental early tomorrow.
Two things - one you need to take a shower and relax a bit. The traffic around Auckland is horrible so no sense in moving at all until 10am if at all. Here is when you decide how you feel. You may wish to crash and catch up for the day right at a close motel or you may wish to venture out. The thing is you have a choice!
OR you may wish to drive downtown and get a hotel room(more expensive but this may be the place to spend the extra bucks so you can walk the city and come back to the room when tired and stay out for dinner without worry! Your call!
Now letís say you have freshened up and want to visit Auckland. it is no short drive to downtown on busy roads(20kms). Good place to get the feel f driving on the left!!!! Just be careful and pay attention at round-a-bouts something new to many. Always give way to the car on the right and signal your attended turn out of the circle.(Just a quick NZ driving lesson).
Whichever way you choose if you will be going downtown -
Get a map and follow the road into downtown. You get to Route One (the major route) into the city taking the Fanshawe Street exit through the city clear to the end at Quay St and turn left into the Americaís Cup Village parking lot. Perfect place to park and see Auckland. Walk along Quay Street to Queen Street - there is a free Red Bus parked in the square you should catch and have a ride around the city to see what it is like first. Information Centre right there for all the brochures you want. I recommend Sky City Tower for one. Most of your restaurants and cafes and the busy part of Auckland is on or just by Queen Street. The true restaurant scene is in Parnell and Ponsonby outlying suburbs.
A visit to Kelly Tarltonís should be on your schedule! Free Red Bus from Quay Street in the little kiosk on the Harbour. The Harbour where you will be parked also has a lot of the better restaurants.
So your first day in New Zealand will be exploring and enjoying Auckland possibly. Get some sleep for now you are now off on the adventure.
Look out for the Red Bus and connect to the City Circuit. Free Inner City Bus - City Circuit Auckland The City Circuit runs every 10 minutes, 8am-6pm, seven days.
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