Auckland ..then Bay of Islands
13.12.2005 25 °C
Auckland, the BIG city
Monday (13th) and a morning flight to Auckland from Christchurch with Air New Zealand. First time experience for me but tracey had travelled with them lots. Only a short hop (1h20m) up to the North Island, no real service except for drinks. My tea lasted a tiny sip and then was shoved aside. No good at all !!
Arrived in Auckland to sunshine and managed to fall on our feet with a reasonable transfer downtown ( 30 bucks ) to our accomodation for the night at the Hotel Mecure Windsor. Bargain 90 dollars for the night, smack bang in the middle of town and a stones throw from the water !
Just had time to drop our stuff off and then head off to Devonport on the other side of the harbour on the ferry. A quiet relaxing place, not too busy at the moment but can imagine it being packed in the summer. Had a brief wander around and managed a beer ( caught up with Packers game a little in a pub )and an icecream ( managed to drop it ! ) be catching the boat back to town. Trip was $9 return which wasn't too bad.
After a brief respite , a shower and change of clothes it was off to the SkyTower, the main attraction in Auckland which was opened in 1997. Its a great vantage point from which to see all the city ( like CN Tower in Toronto or Sear's in Chicago but not as big ). Luckily the weather was fine and holding for us so we had a great view. Following this it was off for a bit of Thai food ( at the second attempt - long story ) and then a reasonably early night for Tracey. I, ofcourse had to try and get on-line to secure tickets for the football in Germany next June on the hotel internet access which I'd manage to complete just after half past midnight.