Auckland – Day 1

Well, we made it to Auckland.

Having driven most of the way to the Bay of Islands in windy, wet dark, it was a change to drive the reverse direction in windy – but without wet (mostly) and in daylight. Some lovely countryside, but boy – was it windy.  Felt like I needed to grip that Corolla steering wheel really tight for close on 4 hours!

Auckland skyline from Northern Motorway

Made it to Rydges Harbour View (great deal – $80 AUD/night when we booked back in March) and basically did very little the rest of the day, except browse the main shopping district.  Felt like I was back home, with Auckland’s main shopping street named Queen St.  Auckland is by far NZ’s biggest city.  At abut 1.3 million, it rivals Brisbane in size & population.

I realize those of you who dislike the Americanization of the planet, but we have been really pleased by having a “Denny’s” family restaurant little just around the corner.  Great prices, great meals, relaxing atmosphere, good service, bottomless coffee – you name it.  We have been there for all our meals so far – it’s been THAT cost-effective.

We’re about to head down to the harbour – Auckland (a bit like Sydney) is wrapped around waterways (but perhaps even moreseo here), before having a buffet lunch at Auckland’s Skytower, purportedly the highest building/structure – or so the hype has it – in the southern hemisphere.  If the weather holds out, we’ll have some great views.  Then we’ll drive to the Auckland Museum and check out all things Polynesian/Maori.

yes – the in-room TV has the Titans v Roosters NRL game live (9.30 NZ time) so that will be a nice holiday treat.  I guess if I can’t have the Broncos playing, the Titans are the next best thing!

For now – off to the harbour. Cheers.


BTW – I chipped a tooth two days ago – relying on Nurofen/whatever until my friendly dentist back in Brisbane is visited in about 10 days time. Typical me@


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