5/6/09 13 °C
First things first, we scouted out the post office where we picked up a box so we could ship part of our accrued collection homeward bound. It was a bit touch and go trying to figure out if the box was greater than or less than ten pounds (our target weight) but when they weighed it back at the post office we came in at 4.92 kg (10.8lbs).
Checking that off our list, we walked back down to the ferry wharves where we caught a ferry to Devonport. It was a quick ferry ride that took us across the Auckland Harbour and beside Greenpeace’s boat parked randomly in the harbour. When we got to Devonport, we decided our first point of action was to get some lunch so we wandered into a little café called ‘Manuka’ Chrissy was very disappointed in her fish and chips here but Tom loved his ‘Bangers and Mash’. After lunch, we decided to walk to North Head, a former military headquarters.
We spent a good part of the day exploring the tunnels, which seemed to run everywhere, the barracks, and the lovely walk around the base. It is interesting to imagine how soliders wandered around here in the late 1800s and up until the 1950s and just want exactly they did in their (extensive) boredom. North Head’s claim is they never fired their guns in anger.
After a walk in the rain, we arrived just in time to catch a ferry back to Auckland where we decided to test out another movie theatre to see if it rivaled the one in Upper Hutt. While the seats were not as comfortable, the Sky City (think Metrotown and all its accessories) did offer the one bonus of allowing food in, provided it wasn’t hot. There is even a ‘premium’ section where one gets a lazy boy armchair and bar service to see the hottest movies. We were scared to ask how much it cost to go in there as it looked quite plush. But ‘I Love You, Man’ was hilarious and we enjoyed the night out.
The night is not all fun and games however; we still have to pack everything up. And so begins the painstaking task of putting everywhere BACK into our bags but it didn’t take that long. Its an early start tomorrow so we made sure we were in bed early(ish).