City Of Sails
Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
144Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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We had five days to explore Auckland and explore we did. There are 4.4 million people in NZ and 1.5 million people live in Auckland
Auckland is also known as "The City of Sails" and the Harbourfront did not disappoint. as . The Kiwis love their boats. We had a great day on an island called Waiheke. A beautiful 45 minute ferry ride over and a tour of three amazing wineries. Now this was the first wine tour I had ever been on but the stunning views from these vineyards was magical. Volcanic islands throughout the Harbour, rolling green hills, and winding roads. We also spent time at an Olive grove and then had a light lunch at one of the boutique wineries. The ferry ride home was enhanced by all the sailboats that were dotted along the water throughout our journey back to the mainland.
We took in a movie, spent a morning at the museum, found great little coffee shops, wonderful restaurants ..................
We also came across a barbershop school and they just so happened to be offering free haircuts by students. In the interest of helping us save some money (editorial note: spa treatments for the princess cost money so we have to cut back where possible), Vic took the chair
Next stop SkyTower which is their CN Tower but not quite as tall. They have a Skywalk here, like the one around the top of the CN Tower. We signed up with another couple for the last " walk" of the day.
This is what Vic thinks NZ is all about, nothing but extreme sports that "NZ'ers have just made up"- the crazier the better!!!
To say I was scared was an understatement. You are in a jump suit ( Don Jail orange), wearing a harness that two ropes attach to and there is a guide. I was concerned that we didn't get helmets, but it was pointed out that if you fell, a helmet wouldn't do a whole lot to soften your landing on the concrete below- of course I don't think of that until after I asked about them- Vic just shaking his head. We had to take a breathalyzer before we stepped out the door
However, the most challenging activity to do was only done by, you guessed it, Mr. "I can do anything and have no fear". Not only could I not watch him try this but even seeing his reflection in the window was nauseating! After watching how our guide did this move, Vic leaned forward over the edge on tip toes like he was going to jump, and then spread his arms like he was going to fly AND he did it twice! I was a little upset, scared I guess. He was the only one who tried this. My knees were killing me as my legs were completely locked for the 41 minutes and 17 seconds we were on the edge
When the four of us watched the video of our " walk" (guide had a camera on his helmet, yes, he got a helmet!!) back on the ground at the sales office, everyone was howling to see me right up the backside of the scared guy, it looked like I was part of him! I was horrified, and so embarrassed, I thought everyone was walking that close to the person in front, shows how much I looked around. Glad it is over but glad we did it.