We have been in NZ nearly 3 days, currently staying in a gorgous hostel called Garden City Lodge which is in Parnell. Its a beautiful large old house on a hill over looking the marina. Currently added 2 extra days to our stay partly because our Stray tour hasen't started yet and partly because i don't want to leave.
We have spent the last couple of days exploring the area, Parnell is mostly filled with artsy shops, upmarket cafes and restaruants. Down the road is the slightly larger town of Newmarket and of course Auckland city centre, not a large as i expected but filled with more McDonalds, Subways and Starbucks than i have ever seen along side sooo many Japanese stalls, restaurants and takeouts. Doubt anyone eats at home here!
So far we love NZ very much lke the UK, they drive on the proper side of the road, have the same shops and banks but everyone is so much freindlier, the streets are cleaner and even the food is better. Hopefully our Stray bus tour will start on Thursday that should last about a month all over NZ, can't wait to see the rest :)