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Auckland - Day One

semi-overcast 13 °C

Today we return our beloved van-a-ram although to be honest, neither of us are too torn up about it. Tom assumed the role of handyman and hammer in hand, proceeded to try to bang out step. Unfortunately, both our attempt at fixing the step and making pancakes failed miserably so we wandered over to the busy little café close-by. By and by, it was the BEST breakfast we have ever had!!! It was also tremendously busy with people and dogs.

After breakfast, we headed off to drop off the van-a-ram with a pitstop at Chrissy’s first house in the suburb of Mt.Albert. After filling up at a nearby gas station, we made it to the drop-off point. The van-a-ram was sad to see us go but we were welcome to abandoning it as the smell of dead things whenever we turned the heat on was beginning to get to us. As luck had it, apparently it is quite common for people to take out that dreaded step so we were not charged for it! YAY!!

Our shuttle back to the city arrived and before long we were at the door of our hotel. It’s quite nice and is a cross between a hotel and a hostel – the rooms were spacious and came with our own bathroom and in the basement, there was a full kitchen complete with couches & TV. Not wanting to waste the rest of the day, we made up some lunch and headed out to explore.
We walked down to the SkyTower where we rode the glass floor elevator up to the viewing deck and checked out the building roof tops and the crazy people who were jumping off the top of the tower. After wandering around the viewing deck, we grabbed the next elevator up to the next level, which had equally stunning views. We were lucky and it was clear, sunny day so our pictures are quite breathtaking.

After the tower (and a quick tea break), we caught the free bus down to the ferry wharfs where we wandered around the mall and stocked up on those last minute NZ souvenirs. Making our way back to the hotel, we stopped off to get some dinner at one of the many food-courts but discovered that we were $2 short and they only took cash. Odd in today’s obsession with plastic but we needed dinner so out comes the iPod touch, latch onto the free wireless, and voila! We have Hell’s Pizza delivering us some delicious pizza in less than 20 minutes and straight to our door!!

The impact of our wanderings became apparent the minute we sat down so we were quite content to munch on our ‘Brimstone’ pizza and watch more than one television channel!

Posted by tc2009 15:01 Archived in New Zealand

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