Jul 29, 2009
Jan 23, 2010
After a lot of confusion at the Sydney airport and our barely making it through the ticketing counter and making our flight to NZ, we DID made it to Auckland. Tara booked us a great hotel in a nice location in Auckland, so when we finally got here we went out on the town and celebrated our arrival in this new country. Today is our only full day in the city, so we took a ferry out of the harbor to a volcanic island called Rangitoto and did a long hike to the rim and then through some awesome lava caves. We aren't the most prepared backpackers in the world, so when we got halfway through the cave and realized that we definitely needed a flashlight to make it through the rest of the cave, it was already too late. So we had to use the flash on my camera to light the rest of our way. Don't worry, we didn;t post any of the pictures of the ground in the cave. But in the end, we made it through to the other side. Despite it being nearly summer solstice here in NZ, it is really cold, and it is going to get a lot colder as we head farther south. We are not sure that we have the proper clothing for the climate, but I guess we will find out when we get there. Tomorrow we are taking a 12 hour bus ride to Wellington, spending the night there, and then taking a ferry to the south island for almost 3 weeks. More to come after we leave Auckland.