We arrived in Auckland with relatively low expectations; everyone we'd met along the way had only said bad things about it. Well, it just goes to show you need to take things with a pinch of salt because Auckland is such a cool place. OK, so there are lots of sky scrapers and loads of people but as major cities go, i really liked it.
We checked into our Base hostel and our room could only be described as a prison cell. With no windows and no room to swing a cat, we knew we'd only be using the room for resting our heads. The first day we spent walking around the city and in particular the harbour front. The sun was beating down and there were loads of cool bars, restaurants etc to choose from. After cooking up a quick bit of grub back at Shawshank, sorry Base, we made our way back to the harbour in the evening for drinks and giggles.
Having made our way through a bottle of vino we headed across the road to a lively Irish bar that had some live music on. The music scene in Auckland is massive and the music from this one pub in particular was awesome. There were just 2 guys on acoustic guitars but they were so good and played such a range of music... played for near on 4 hours as well. It was in this pub that we ran into some familiar faces we'd met previously on our travels and we had such a top night with them.
The following evening we decided to check out a local comedy club. Given that we were still hungover from the previous evening, our plan was to hide away at the back to avoid any abuse from the acts on stage. How naive we were. As soon as we got there, they put us right at the front and i got torn apart for the entire evening. "Oh i need someone from the audience who's has an STI before, oh you sir (pointing at me) you'll do perfect... it's almost as if i planted you there on purpose". "Oh i need someone from the audience who enjoys downloading porn, (clocks Eagles in the front row) aha, you'll do perfect". Anyway, you get the picture but it was a good laugh none the less.
Whilst in Auckland we also made our way up an extinct volcano and also up the Sky tower. The Sky tower is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and the views were impressive. I spent our last evening in Auckland out at the local backpackers bar with an Irish lad called Gerry. The drinks were cheap and the atmosphere was really good. A 4am finish however probably wasn't the smartest move considering we had to be up at 6.30am for the bus to the Bay of Islands!