04.06.2012 - 07.06.2012 15 °C
Our original plan for New Zealand was to do a one week tour of the north island with one day in Auckland either side. Unfortunately, when we tried to book this online a few weeks ago it was no longer running on the week we wanted to go, so we changed our flights so that we were just spending 3 days in Auckland and one week longer in the US.
In a nutshell: Auckland was totally depressing. It was really cold and rainy and there was nothing good to do. We missed Asia so much and just wanted to move on to Fiji as soon as possible!
On our first day we just wandered around the (very small) city centre and bought jumpers! We wanted to get an early night as we’d had a long flight from Tokyo the night before, but when we got back to our dorm room there were two very drunk English girls in there that convinced us to have some gin and tonics with them. We eventually ended up in an Irish bar and getting to bed at 3am!
Nice building in Auckland city centre
We spent our next day sleeping in until lunchtime, having delicious burgers for lunch, and planning and booking accommodation for Fiji and the US.
Auckland Harbour at night
We decided we’d better actually do something on our last day so we got on a ferry to a volcanic island called Rongitoto where we hiked to the top of the volcano for ‘an amazing view’. Unfortunately we couldn’t see anything at all as it was so drizzly and cloudy! It felt good to do some proper exercise for a change though!
At the crater of the volcano
Everybody says that Auckland is the worst place to go in New Zealand and that the rest of the country is amazing, so we’ll definitely come back again and tour the whole country in a campervan. We’ll also be sure to go in their summer so that it doesn’t just feel like England!