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Trip Start Oct 18, 2005
Trip End Dec 15, 2005

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Friday, December 9, 2005

Day 50: Once we got all stettled in to Auckland, we decided to take our car and explore. Auckland is filled with extinct volcanos, so we went to check out one of the largest and most centrally located, Mt. Eden. We found the base of the road up in the area called Mt. Eden Village (very similar to Multnomah Village in Portland) and headed up the mountain. On the way up we suddenly found ourselves in a cow pasture in the middle of Auckland! This would be just like finding cows on Mt. Tabor in Portland. The views from the top were very cool, as you could see all of Auckland, all the other volcanos, and several of the offshore islands in the bay. We just had to make sure we watched our step! (Many of the people on the tour bus were not watching their steps...eeewwww.)

Later that afternoon we took a tour of the Lion Brewery. It is basically the Anheuser-Busch of New Zealand. Unlike most of the brewery tours in the Northwest, the focused less on how the beer is brewed and more on the history of beer, their marketing, and how the beer is assembled into various packaging. It was pretty cool, though, and we got to pour our own beer at the end.

Day 51: This was our last full day in New Zealand, and we decided to spend it on Waiheke Island. It is only a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland, but it may as well be 100 miles away as it is so much different. Rather than renting scooters and checking out the whole island, like our friends Jen and Charles did a few weeks ago, we decided to take in one of the walks on the island. We walked around to a few of the bays and to the highest point on the island and got some very good views. Waiheke Island is pretty big, though, and before long it was time to head back to Auckland to do a little final shopping before we leave New Zealand.
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