After a flight with real glass glasses and proper cutlery on the flight (along with a french film with subtitles that were unviewable) we arrived in Auckland to rain and dark skies.Having decided that we would get a camper van around New Zealand we checked into the base hostel for the first night to get our bearings and a decent night sleep. After asking to change rooms (the first stank and was filthy), we landed a room that was ok. We got our bearings, ate a subway and hit the sack. The guys in the room all seemed pretty nice and on mentioning it was Amys birthday the next day they promised a party for the following night. Needless to say they were pretty tanked up. Anyhow we went to sleep, only to be woken at 1am by the drunkards singing happy birthday. Quite sweet really!We rose and went and got our EZY van the next day. Have to say we were very impressed and it was the start of a beautiful friendship. She was kitted out with a queen sized bed, microwave, hob, sink and cheese toasty maker. Result. We stocked up on all necessities including bread, and cheese only to find the cheese toasty maker was in fact the heater. Oh well, microwaved cheese it was.The day being Amys 24th, we parked up and I distributed her card and chocolate present. Then we had a wander and parked up after hours just outside the hostel (we needed a bathroom nearby!) We put on the radio, opened the duty free Malibu and doled up for a night on the town. I then took birthday girl for a meal before heading to the hostel bar for a few cheap beers. When we arrived there was cake, balloons and banners all done by the boys from the room the night before. Amy was pretty overwhelmed, but the lads were all really sweet so a good time was had by all. We then carried on the festivities to a local club which was a lot of fun with a big group of multiple nationalities, Brazilians, Dutch, Germans, Canadians and English just a few. We made it in around 5am, but well worth the lack of sleep.