Hey, me and sarah had a wierd kiwibus driver from Rotorua to Auckland! His name was Steve-O and he was fine really, he just seemed mega keen about everything and spoke all the time! Constantly said 'alrightio', 'f***ing awesome' and said every word really slowly. Like when we got to auckland he said 'Auuuuccccckkkk...llllaaannnddddd. Cool things. Alrightio. Great dude. Wow. f***ing awesome ay? Auckland ay?' instead of just saying 'were in auckland'....
Anyhow, we got here, staying at base again, got a good room, and we spent our first day walking round the shops, putting our thousands of photos onto DVD's, got some cheap clothes, tried to book a daytrip up to the Bay of islands, north of here, but its impossible- they all go from Paihia not auckland. Nevermind- its another thing to come back for- now its the bay of islands, coromandel peninsula in the north island, kaikoura whale and seal watching/swimming, and the glacial hike! Might be a 2 week, rent a car and drive about thing, thinking not next november but the one after :-)
I forgot to say before in my blog that when we went luging at Rotorua we met this little girl named Holly, she was a crazy little girl, really good fun, and her and mum were there for the day, told us about Hamilton where they lived, south of auckland. They told us about Butterfly Creek, a centre with some wildlife, mainly a big tropical butterfly house, which was near auckland airport and good for a day out. So we looked it up and on our enxt in auckland, today, we got a bus there and went round. It was a really good day- say some stunning butterflies- the Atlas moth too, wow theyre huge! And we spent ages in there, loving the garden and having them fly around you. After that there was an insect house, with those horrible Weta insects lol. theyre just too big I dont like them and Im not squeamish about many things! They had plenty of tarantulas etc.
Then they had a nice outdoor bit with loads of farm animals, they had chicks which were awesome to watch- and hold! Me and sarah held some that were only a day old. They had rainbow lorikeets walking around, a cockatoo, and loads of different types of chickens, roosters, goats, donkey, alpacas, pigs and wierd types of sheep, cant remember their name...
The barn bit was the best though, they had loads and loads of baby rabbits and guinea pigs! We were in here for a while as theyre running about freely and you can hold them for as long as you want/feed them! Got loads of photos of me and sarah surrounded by baby bunnies, and cuddling them. The guinea pigs were cute too. Reminded me of when I had pets! We think its been our 'cutest day' of travelling lol.
We had lunch in the cafe there, then walked to get the bus and came bk to the city. Went through some nice suburbs of auckland, its the 3rd biggest city in the world in terms of area not population, there are so many house districts that would be nice to live in!
When we got bk Sarah had a pedicure, I read the magazines in there and caught up on celeb gossip at home lol. We went round some more shops, went to a healthy asian supermarket and got some food to make our own dinner again. Weve decided to go to Bangkok after we went into sta and they said its stabilised and Qantus hasnt deterred anyone from travelling with them. Just hopefully theres no trouble when were there and they dont barricade the airport again- we do not want to get stuck in bangkok!!
Tomorrow is our last day in auckland, and were going to an island called Tiritiri Matangi island, a tiny island which is free of the introduced pest predators that are usually found endangered the NZ bird wildlife (ferrets, possums etc). Through extensive effort, the island has become one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Its our last chance to see some NZ wildlife before we leave. xx