Day 50 - Auckland to Sydney
Goodbye New Zealand and G'day Australia and Sydney; the start of yet another adventure.
A very sad farewell to Auckland. I really loved that city, in fact if it hadn't been for the fact that it is on a active volcanic fault I could quite happily live there (would miss the family though): it has a wonderful mix of city, boating & beaches etc that "float my boat". Good bus link to the airport where we got talking to a couple from London who we subsequently found were staying at the same hotel. Not terribly impressed with the queues at the airport though, longest we have experienced since we have been away - just as well we got there in good time; however we were impressed with Quantas. Although we have a Quantas ticket this is the first flight we have had with them and the service was really good.
Good train link into the city after a pretty seamless route through customs. We had declared that we had brought food and had been around lakes and freshwater in the last 30 days and went through really quickly. All of these countries seem to have really strict rules on imports and are very strict on bringing soil etc. into the country on shoes etc. Not like the UK which doesn't appear to give a damn!
Struck lucky again with the hotel; we are right on Circular Quay and overlook the Opera House and all the ferries. We are also very close to the Rocks area and the Harbour Bridge. Another link to home in P&O's Aurora which is in port for two days as well.
Used this afternoon to get a bit of a feel for the place, suss out some places to eat and where we want to travel etc. We also booked tickets to Carmen at the Opera House for Saturday evening - bit of culture. Never done opera before but we thought we would give it a go whilst we are here.
Time change again with clocks going back two hours so feeling pretty tired now - only 11 hrs ahead now instead of 13, getting closer………..