Gorgeous day here today, sun has been shining and our skin is still as pale as ever (apart from Kate's which is significantly more red). Spent the day on Waiheke island which is about 40 mins on the ferry from downtown Auckland. Beautiful beaches and scenery all over the island. Only downside is they wouldn't serve us a glass of coke as we didn't have our passports on us and driving licence wasn't accepted! Lesson learnt there, will have to start taking our passports everywhere!
Yesterday we went up the sky tower which gave spectacular views of the city and surrounding islands, plus we got a $10 discount as we are backpackers! Ideal. We also chilled out for a bit in the harbour area. Very busy weekend for Auckland as there is the Auckland nines (a massive rugby league tournament), basketball match and Eminem playing so very busy everywhere. There was a massive screen that was streaming the rugby live by the harbour which was cool. Last night we explored the lantern festival - I've never seen so many people try and jostle there way around a park before. Hundreds of Asian food outlets and stunning lanterns in the shapes of everything imaginable - swans, penguins, dragons, teapots, green chillies... Going to go back tonight as there are fireworks being set off from the sky tower as a finale! One more day left in Auckland; looking forward to getting on the road.