The beginning of our Kiwi Adventure

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Frienz Hostel

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Friday, December 17, 2010


When we first arrived in Auckland it felt like we had landed back home in England. Firstly we can speak English again which was a great relief. Secondly, the weather was grey and cloudy just like home and it poured hard for 3 days straight. Thirdly, in New Zealand they drive on the left hand side so it feels more like home and the streets resemble that of an English suburb. This was all very strange and slightly depressing. Lets hope the sun comes out!!!

As the weather was so bad and parts of the country were flooded after a 2 month drought (just our luck) we couldn’t do anything whilst in Auckland. We planned to go to the Sky Tower to get a view of Auckland but this would have been pointless due to the rain. We also planned to visit the Maori Museum but again the weather prevented us from even leaving the hostel. Luckily we would be heading back up to Auckland to catch our flight to Fiji in a months time so hope to do these activities then.

Although the rain prevented us from visiting touristy sites we wouldn’t let it stop us from eating of course. For backpackers it is fairly expensive to eat and drink out in New Zealand but we did however visit an Asian food court rated the Number 1 Food Court in New Zealand. The food court had around 20 Asian food stalls serving Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Sri Lankan and Indian food all for around $10NZ (5). We also noticed whilst walking along Queen Street (the main street in Auckland) that there is a huge Asian influence on the city and a large Asian population. Our driver on the Kiwibus told us this is because family’s send their children here to go to the good schools then either move back to Asia or stay in Auckland if they get a job (or want to open a restaurant I suppose). Apparently it isn’t like this for the rest of New Zealand as Auckland is very different to the rest of the country and most Kiwi’s (New Zealander’s) hate Auckland.

On our third day we were to start our tour bus with Kiwi Experience, a hop-on hop-off bus that would take us through the main parts of New Zealand. The bus acts as a dummies guide to travelling as you don’t have to think about anything. Everything can be booked for you through the driver guide who can book hostels, activities and even meals for you. Its more like a package holiday for a traveller who is on a tight time constraint or does not want to hire a camper van, buy a car. You also get to meet lots of people on the bus and its all very social; despite it being named the Kiwi shagbus.

Love Thomas and Hollie xxx
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