Back to Auckland again.....

Trip Start Mar 03, 2005
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Well, I've been back in Auckland for a week now, just here visiting a mate and waiting for Anna-Marie and Paul to get over here.
I left Wellington on Thursday; had been planning on leaving really early but Wednesday nights are too good to miss in Wellington, so thought I'd go out for a few bevvies, but told myself that I would stop drinking at about midnight so that I wouldn't get too plastered..... And then apparently at 3am I was still saying 'I have to stop drinking at midnight...' So obviously I didn't leave until a bit later than planned Thurs, and even though I'd planned to go to Taupo and do a sky dive on the Fri morning, I just drove for a couple of hours up to Wanganui and stayed there.
Friday morning I got an early start, and headed north. The route took me via the National Park where the mountain that they used for Mt Doom on Lord of the Rings is, so there were some pretty cool views along the way. Was a bit strange to have the whole car to myself, I ended up talking to myself a lot along the way!! Especially as I drove 450km all the way up to Auckland - it was a dead nice and sunny day too, so I was well sweaty by the time I got there!
Have to say that I like Auckland a little better than I did the first time round, but even so I couldn't live here, it's just too big and busy for me. It's been good having a car - so far I've been up to Mission Bay - which was real nice, then Helensville which was a dump, and Devonport which I reckon would be a great place in the summer. And I even got caught up in rush hour traffic over the harbour bridge!!
My car is still going ok, thankfully! Gonna head to the airport shortly to pick up Anna-Marie and Paul. I'm hoping that they'll say I look really brown and well! Gonna show them round a bit of Auckland then they're heading to the Coromandel and I think I'm gonna meet them again in Wellington on Tues so that I can show them round my fave city properly!
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