Travel Elysium

New Zealand Itinerary – Day 1

Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston Churchill

After a failed South America holiday (motorcycle accident and had to return home) I decided to give New Zealand a try.

I’ve always given it a miss because it is so close to home and I could go whenever I wanted. But, since my partner was going I thought it would be rude not to invite myself along.

Day 1:

Landed at 5am (do not recommend) and went to the City Lodge in Auckland (also do not recommend). Parking is ridiculously expensive in Auckland, so bear that in mind when hiring a car. The first thing we did was get a sim card with data using Spark – this was good because Spark has free wifi boxes all over Auckland which is handy.

We ventured down to the Empire Hotel for a $10 breakfast. I only have a blurry photo of it as we drove past:


We then wandered around the city, admiring Sky Tower from every angle:

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From the city we travelled by car to Mt Eden and walked up the top of  Maungawhau which is Auckland’s highest natural point and also the site of a volcano cone:



Here, once more, you can admire Sky Tower – and the rest of Auckland’s skyline:




After a quick nap, we ventured back out to see Auckland at night – not forgetting to admire Sky Tower!

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There were a few winter festivities happening, such as a temporary ice skating rink. We had a look at the thing which shoots you up in the air – but decided not to go on it. It also didn’t help that a man standing next to us told us about one in Wellington which broke and sent the people flying ….

We wandered around aimlessly for a while searching for the perfect place for dinner, not really sure what we wanted to eat. We happened across a place with a good Tuesday night special – The Midnight Express! 2 courses for $25 or something like that. It was incredibly yummy food:

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Baklava is probably my favourite dessert ever.

We then headed back to the hotel for a well earned rest, ready for an early start the next day.

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