Quest on Queen
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So we boarded the flight to Auckland. Much easier than what we're used to. Clearly the airline does not charge for checked baggage.
Even though we were in the back, there was enough room between the seats; not like the airlines we're used to. Most of the people got fed a nice warm lunch. We didn't because we hadn't bought it with our tickets, and didn't even know about it. Fact is, we didn't need it.
After 34 hours, another 3 hours in the air was ...
... breeding season. No, we did not see any breeding going on, although I can’t say I was on the look out!
We also hiked past mangroves, a lighthouse, through other areas of native plants and up to the summit. It was a scorcher and the lava rocks hold onto a lot of heat. Fortunately, there was some welcoming shade near the top where there were more trees. The views were beautiful!
We heard a story from a guide up at Mount Eden about the legend of the ...
... across to the city.
We return on the ferry back and head back to the hostel. We have to pack and investigate buses and the next day we are off to a retreat centre called Kawai Purapura in North Auckland to do some woofing. So far we are really enjoying New Zealand, the weather is a few degrees cooler than Australia but still fine and sunny and the people we've met so far have been really friendly. Thanks Auckland for a good start to our kiwi adventure.
... on the side of the road selling seafood) for a whitebait fritter sandwich. Shame those little guys were covered in egg and Ruth couldn't eat it. We made an extra stop at a waterfall in Ohau to see the seal pups playing around (or playing with themselves in one guy's case). It was the cutest thing ever. We finally made it to Blenheim where we checked into a motel and cooked the three of us an incredible chicken curry (especially considering it was the first curry ...
... in a hostel is possibly the most depressing thing ever. Not only are you surrounded by your own mess and general **** but also seven other people's. Sophie came and picked us up and we went into Ponsonby for some breakfast - I had these amazing pancakes. She dropped us back and I slept for a good couple of hours. Then I met up with my friend Alex, he needed to take something back to the shop but all ...