HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDREW Christchurch -Sydney.
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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The first thing we had to do was return Elvis to the rental company. When we had rented Elvis in Aukland, the guy told us to allow around an hour for the van to be checked over when we returned it, so we planned to arrive at 09:45. We had arranged a shuttle bus to pick us up at the rental company to take us to the airport at 10:30.
We arrived at the rental company right on schedule but the gates were locked and not a soul was in sight. It was Anzac Day, a public holiday. We had directions of what to do if the gates were locked but didn't fancy hanging around doing nothing for 45 minutes, so drove around the city again looking for somewhere to get a couple of flat whites
Everything went smoothly from then on. I watched a good film on the flight; 'I'll give it a year' which made me laugh out loud on occasions. The inflight food was acceptable as were the two mini bottles of white wine that were handed to us, compliments of Quantas!
We were able to get straight in to a cab as soon as we exited the airport. Terry had copied the address of the hotel I had booked online on a piece of paper and gave the driver the address. He drove us to the centre of the city and dropped us outside the hotel,The Meriton; which looked like a top class hotel. We probably got screwed by the taxi driver who charged us $35 for the fare, he didn't have the meter going and seemed pretty cheesed off that so many people were travelling into Sydney on Anzac Day - right miserable b........
We walked into the hotel and I went to check in. The guy behind the reception desk couldn't find me on the computer. I started to explain that I had booked through Booking.com and he asked to see the confirmation email
We managed to get another cab straight away and typically it cost us another $21 to go back the same way we had come. When we got to the hotel and checked in, I stood next to a notice on the receptionists desk informing the following:
'SHUTTLE SERVICE TO/FROM AIRPORT - $16.
We were allocated a fantastic modern suite on the 18th floor and had wonderful views over Sydney. We walked to a local supermarket and bought some Pasta, Sauce and Cheese and I made us a simple meal. We watched the sun go down over the city then relaxed in the apartment, watching TV and drinking the free wine. Our Australian adventure had begun.