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We get a bonus today as the ship berths in the centre of town right at the bottom of the main shopping street. Auckland CBD is quite hilly so it is a bit of a challenge trying to cover the whole of town, especially with Pam's back. Another bonus is, we went shopping in the morning and then back to the ship to drop the booty off, up to the Buffet for Lamb Shanks and numerous other delicacies and then back into town to continue the adventure. To get a better insight into Auckland ...
... Three hours down the coast its Dunedin, home to the Albatross and Penguins. All the while up both coasts you can find seals nearly everywhere. Meanwhile the center of the island is snow capped peaks surrounding endless basins formed thousands of years ago. Quite a few times New Zealand was called a mini Canada. I'm sad to say I have not seen as much of Canada as I probably should. Luckily there is still time and if the comparison is true it is going to be Sweet As!!
... all 3 bars lol and all the same owner! By the way, Auckland is ******* cold right now. I tried to wear shorts today and I want to die. Take me to the beach! Nov. 1st Do what feels wrong. Whoa, it's November?!? Woke up early and purchased Thomas Joffery- home on wheels. He's an adorable bright red '93 Toyota Tonace. Equipped with a bed, table, booth, roof storage and... CURTAINS! Finally leaving the city and off to the first stop- Piha Beach! Goodbye city, you've been so good to ...
... up at around 9am. We had a lovely drive through he mountains to beautiful Tiarua.
And if this is re entry to the real world as Barb calls I am really enjoying it . hope you enjoy the photos of Shirls garden as this is where I spent the afternoon. So beautiful serene and peaceful. ...
I'm not really in Auckland just yet, just bored in Shanghai airport waiting for my flight, but I wanted the map above to show that I'm a' cummin' home!
Thought I'd share with you my impressions of the last 11 days, bearing in mind I have yet to see China outside of the 2 cities I visited.
So here goes:-
Shanghai is the largest proper city by population in the world, and it looks like it!
There are no birds in Shanghai (or Xi'an for that matter)