Auckland is alright actually!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
332Trip End Jan 19, 2007
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Drove out of Warkworth and south again towards Auckland where we drove over the Harbour Bridge and had fantastic views of the skyline as we went in. First stop was Mount Eden which was recommended to us as a great viewing spot for Auckland. Drove up most of the way and walked to the top of this extinct volcano with a gigantic crater in it - was amazing and quite weird to think of a volcano again so close to a main city. Well worth doing if anyone is there or planning to go - and free of course!
As it was another lovely day decided to go to Titirangi in the sunshine as rain predicted for later and tomorrow (wrong so far though - glad its not only our weather forecasters that screw up)
Then drove to our final campground for our stay (we think unless we get thrown off our planned place to stay tonight!) at Top 10 on North Shore where we had a swim and shower
Up this morning and am starting to get a bit sad about leaving here (although have had plenty, if not too much, time here) but are in our comfort zone and am a bit nervous about going to an unknown culture etc but also quite excited. Today weather is still glorious and have driven into Auckland to do last batch of t'internet (and hopefully last time to do our Oz application forms - we hope!) and have a wander. Are going to see the son of Viv and Jane (does that make him 4th cousin or what?) this afternoon and then hopefully to Euro, a restaurant on the wharf here where we went the first night of our honeymoon nearly 5 years ago (aaah!).
Like Auckland this time (think it helps having transport as is pretty spread out) - last time we were here (for all of 24 hours) thought it was a bit souless (a common complaint apparently but Auckland and its inhabitants seem to get a pretty hard time from all the other kiwis!).
In summary, have really enjoyed NZ is such a diverse country but think we prefer south to the north island in terms of geography and things to see and do but north if we were to live here. Is a very civilised place and very similar to the UK in a bygone era I think. They seem a lot more respectful of the maori heritage which is better than Oz. Having said that we still would prefer to live in Oz though - partly because of the weather but is just a bit more bustling and more to do (sorry NZ!).
Leave here tomorrow to fly to Santiago (11 and a half hours) and then wait a couple of hours before we fly half way back over the Pacific to Easter Island (5 hour + flight). Can't wait for how we will feel after that!! Am looking forward to it though and then back to Santiago for a day before we head up to Quito in Ecuador and then start our overland trip with Dragoman (are then doing big circle around S America so will do Chile and west coast properly on way round then). Not sure how often will be updating this from now on but will do when we can. (are also concerned about which World Cup matches we will be able to see!) No excuses for not keeping in touch with us though!