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Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
84Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Where I stayed
Jucy Hotel, Auckland
We arrived into Auckland full of optimism having seen the incredible scenery from the plane as we came in to land. The promises of beautiful scenery along with some bright blue skies got us all excited about being at the start of our adventure, which is so different to anything we have done before and certainly very different to Asia.
Having caught a bus into the centre of town from the airport, we checked into our backpackers hotel and then immediately went out to get some food and explore Auckland to make the most of the little time we have here
We headed for the Viaduct harbour where we had some dinner and our first taste of New Zealand beer, overlooking the water as the sun was setting. It was a beautiful evening and the harbour looked amazing. The boats in the harbour are incredible, absolutely enormous and worth a fortune. Most of them had leather lounge suites, wide screen TV's and several satellites on top.
The next morning we packed up, had an awesome breakfast in a nearby cafe and then picked up our Campervan from the depot. We chose to go with a company who have artists spray-paint their vans with all sorts of Jazzy designs, from famous figures to landscapes to Winnie the Pooh
He took our details and said that he had seen our van design requests (all of which were landscapes) but that none of those options were available so he had selected the Egyptian Sphinx option because the pyramids look a bit like mountains, and therefore similar to what we wanted. This was not at all what Katy had wanted and after quite a while of 'negotiations' she managed to persuade the guy to change to a flowery design. Initially I thought that sounded a bit effeminate but I have grown to love those Hibiscus flowers, especially as the van is a newer model and is automatic. My main aim was not to get 'Winnie the pooh', so all in all I'm happy too.
So we have a van, time to explore beautiful New Zealand. First up is the beachy North!