Nat and Beck Go Large!
We arrived in Auckland at about 4pm after a bit of a drive and Becky having a small heart attack thinking we were going to run out of petrol on NZ's only real motorway (which is a bit of a monster considering their other 'highways' are like country lanes). We decided that we'd go to Kelly Tarlton's Arctic Adventure, which is heralded in all of the guide books as a huge aquarium/arctic penguin sanctuary. It was ok I suppose, especially if you're 6 and want to play in the interactive area that doubles up as a padded cell for wild midgets. Maybe not recomended for worldly travellers who have been driving for 65 hours and aren't in the mood for sticky fingered darlings with screaching voices. They did have a piranha tank though - cue evil plan laugh and scary looks that make the kids go quiet and run away from the scary ladies HAHAHAHAHAHA. We drove back through the suburbs past the Auckland harbour which looks like a really beautiful place to live and had us itching for an Ikea catalogue and a steady income (for all of about 5 minutes). When we arrived in the city we booked back into base hostel and bumped into the scary Scottish girl we'd met on our first night in NZ. She was a bit nuts to say the least, she had a voice like Rab C Nesbit and gurned when she talked, wow! We'd decided that as we couldn't do our skydive we'd go to see Dirty Dancing on the theatre. When we arrived to buy our tickets people were already turining up for the show, we hadn't realised it would be on so early 6.30 can you believe it, so we had to leg it back to the hostel and find something to wear. Libby Kenedy from neighbours was Baby. Despite her obvious acting talent and Doctor Carl Kennedy's daughter (erm whatever) she looked like a puppet with her strings cut on stage! Thought Nat was going to have a fit, 'Who let her do this? She's killing Baby!' in not so hushed tones. All the embarrassing bits of the movie where in there; 'feel the music..... gunk gunk!'. We were cringing but loving it loads at the same time! To round off the classy night out we went to burger king where Nat got a Sponge Bob Square Pants in her kids meal! Bonus! On our last day in NZ we had to do some last minute shopping for Fiji (boring stuff like shampoo, not shoes and hand bags). We also went up the Sky Tower, there was a nice veiw of the city but the one in KL is the best and just takes the shine off everything else. In the spirit of extreme sports in NZ we braved the Bungi Catapault. Well I say braved, what I actually mean is we got on it and got strapped in quick before I could change my mind. The bloke mainly laughed at me and took his time so that a few people could stop and watch. I sepnt the next 30 seconds screaming like a Banshee while Nat and the people in the 2nd floor hairdressers across the street peed themselves laughing. That night we had a bit of a quiet one, had a few drinks with the two blokes we were sharing a room with James and Ivan (we could only remember his name cos he had it written on his adapter plug and it really made us laugh - I mean who names a plug after themselves) murdered a few games of pool and had an early night in anticipation of our early flight.