Since the devastating loss to the French last Saturday we watched the All Black game on Sunday evening in Auckland. The atmosphere was very different and Eden Park was eerily quiet for the first hour. I think there were quite a few nervous kiwis and the fans (if not the team) definitely underestimated the pumas. I enjoyed the while day which we spent plodding around the fan zone, which was fantastic by the way. We eat some great food (not for the first or last time) and saw some beautiful sailing yachts on the harbour before settling into the Aussie-SA game.
We left Auckland at the crack of Dawn to make the ferry from Wellington that afternoon.
My mood and certainly Tim's were not improved by our resident Spanish resident Jose however. Both sat and sun night We didn't get much sleep due to jose's remarkable snoring abilities. The guy has some serious talent so much so I had to record the array of sounds. I was above him on a bunk bed and it wasn't so much the noise that kept me awake more the vibrations he was generating!
Anyway the three of us shared the drive back down route 1 to Wellington with satnav desperately trying to take us anywhere but! Not sure if it was 'that time of the month' but the normally dependable satnav has not wanted to take us anywhere since we arrived in the north island.
A couple of highlights of note on route to Picton... One being the particularly high standard of NZ public toilet facilities. Woody especially has been impressed with the quality through out our trip. Secondly the lady 'running' the show at the Atlantis Backpackers we stayed at in Picton was simply nuts! Barring in mind it was close to midnight when we finally arrived and being quite specific that we were leaving early to drive to Christchurch to catch our flight she offered us a cup of tea and then felt the need to tell us about the local brewery and tell us we should go there for a night cap!
We woke up to serious rain on the Tuesday morning and headed out of Picton in the dark. I slept in the car for an hour or so and woke up to glorious sunshine and an even better view of the coastline which we hugged for a couple of hours north of Christchurch. We stopped to take some snaps and only ended up about 5m from a family of seals basking in the morning sun. It was a very special moment to round off a very special time in New Zealand.
Next stop... Malaysia!