Touchdown.... Welcome to Auckland

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Friday, January 4, 2013

After the trauma of whether I'd make my flight, I really didn't give a toss whether my luggage had made it as well. I knew that if it didn't arrive, I'd just smell bad for an extra day and, as Neil (how long will it be before I start calling him Dave, I wonder) has no sense of smell, it mattered not!

So Auckland arrived - just about spot on time after 23 hours flying. Thanks Thai Airways - and thanks for the service as well. I am happy to recommend them. (and yes, they do serve alcohol..). I waited, in hope rather than expectation, next to the luggage carousel, and heard my name called over the tannoy. Another first in my life so soon after the previous one, stepping foot in New Zealand. The guy who explained that my bag hadn't made it was really pleasant and went through the procedure of what would happen and confirmed that it would (should?) be in on the same flight the following day. So off I went, and was duly greeted by my son waiting expectantly at the arrivals gate.

I should have known, I suppose, that with Neil there would be no gentle introduction, no offer of sleep to overcome any jetlag. And so it was, off to the beach for a picnic. So the first "engagement" on arrival was a splendid picnic sitting on the sand at Piha beach watching the rollers pile in. I resisted the offer of a swim - after all, I had no swimmers in my hand luggage (nor any other clothes as it happens so I did feel overdressed in smart (ish) trousers and a "UK weather" polo shirt). Instead, we took a walk up to a nearby waterfall. You'll know it Helen, the one where you swam in the pool at the bottom - Sorry, haven't got a name for it - Neil's having a little kip. Considering I had been working on turning to lard over Christmas, this was quite enough exercise for one day. Not only did we walk up the river to the base of the waterfall, we also decided to head to the top. Now a 30 metre waterfall doesn't seem too much but my legs they were most definitely shaking when we'd done.

So that, I thought would be that for the day. Err no. As the itinerary said that we had to leave Auckland the following day, I had to have sight of the city from on high. Yes, we could have driven the car right to the top of Eden Mountain - one of the seven volcanoes on which Auckland is built - but no, we walked! Up, down, around it, every bloody where! It was well worth it though. Auckland is a lovely city, sprawling for miles and surrounded by water. No studio apartments crammed into undersized plots here. Just pleasantly sized and spaced houses along wide streets. I do wonder how long it will be before the developers realise they can make some serious money by jamming a few more in close to the centre though... If they do decide to redevelop, I hope they do something about the architecture. It's appalling!

So that was it really. A quick shower and then off to the pub for a couple of pints and a burger - if only to stop me falling asleep too early and being awake half the night. It worked. Had a great night's sleep ready to start the serious business the following morning.
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Helen on

Sounds like a great first day Pops, and yes i know where you mean and yes, you did have a good day of walking didn't you! Glad you like Auckland, Sydney's obviously got some competition then!

Pauline Morton on

Have now learnt how to add comment-never quite got to do it when you were in India.

Sp pleased you have arrived on time-shame about that huge rucksack
of yours still floating who knows where


cotysmore on

As you'll have gathered, rucksack has arrived safely though belatedly. Four days in now and intending to unpack it soon!!!

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