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Travel Blogs from Waiheke Island
As we flew into Auckland, it was early Friday morning and we were greeted with a beautiful red and orange sunrise over the small islands along the New Zealand coastline. We had to wait around the airport for a few hours until our van rental agency opened at 9am but it was such a beautiful morning with fresh ocean air, welcomed humidity and warmth that it was very relaxing and very unlike the cold, snowy Denver we ...
(Walk, Eat, Drink, Repeat)
Halallula. We arrived in Auckland at 7am and are having a shower in our hotel by 9am. We are staying at the Barclay Suites Hotel, which is an apartment style hotel in the CBD. It is a decent place, and most importantly it has a separate lounge, so that as our sleep cycles adjust to New Zealand time, one can hang out in the lounge and not disturb the other one who is sleeping ...
... it was all on my shoulders for a little over half a mile...I was dying. I know there are probably plenty of people in the world with occupations that require them to carry really heavy weights much farther than me (um, sherpas, hello...) but I was not ready for that... I had to stop about halfway and rest at a bus stop just because I wasn't going to make it all the way in one go. I almost considered taking a taxi but thought it ridiculous since it was such a ...
... hopping off at Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. We road on a moving walkway in a plexiglass tunnel inside a tank while fish, sharks and manta rays swam over and around us. The Antarctic encounter featured a replica of the Cape Evans 1910 hut of South Pole explorer, Robert Scott with sounds of wind and ice. Afterwards we went to Parnell Village with it's restored shops ...
... pass through the glow worm cave. There are thousands of glow worms which all have tiny pin pricks of slightly blue lights on the end of their tales. It was beautiful. It was a pretty short ride, lasting probably 5-10 minutes. I would have loved to have stayed down there longer or go through the whole thing again. Of course, you can’t take pictures. But I am sure the pictures would not do it justice if they even managed to come out ok.
Other places to stay in Waiheke Island
4 Bay Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island | 4 star hotelfrom $155
35 Waikare Rd. Oneroa, Waiheke Island | Hotel$166 average
23 Tiri View Road, Waiheke Island | Hotelfrom $200
34 The Esplanade, Waiheke Island | 5 star hotelfrom $501
83 Delamore Drive, Waiheke Island | 5 star hotelfrom $749
Corner of Tawa and Huia Streets, Waiheke Island | Hotelfrom $498