Thursday 20 February
First proper day in Auckland and New Zealand, we woke up around 8 feeling quite rested after a 14 hour nap.
I'll tell you a bit about the hostel, or lodge. It has 2 x 3 storey buildings with lots of rooms. We have a private room which is really simple, but nice. It basically has 2 single beds, a small bedside table and...that's it.
The hostel also have a big shared kitchen with everything you could possibly need; cutlery and utensils, 4 stoves, 3 large fridges, a microwave etc, etc. Outside of the kitchen is a common room with a computer, lots of board games, a fusball table, a piano and a guitar and there is a big garden in the back.
So, back to the Thursday.
The weather was lovely so we had our breakfast outside in the sun. There is a big park just below the hostel and after breakfast we went for a walk in there.
Regardless of where you are in Central Auckland you can spot the Sky Tower, which is one of the big famous landmarks in New Zealand, so of course we wanted to see that!
We went aaall the way to the top, or as high up as you are allowed, which is 220 meter, so you can imagine that the view from that thing was just fabulous!
You could also sky walk or sky jump if you felt a bit crazy and, but since me and Dave are much more reasonable than that, so we just watched other people jump from 190 meter and then we took the elevator down and spent the rest of the day strolling around the city, trying our best not to look over-touristy with a bag packs, a big map, a camera bag around my neck and a general confused/lost and excited look on our faces.
Now, it had been almost a week and it wouldn't be me without a frequent trip to the cinema, so our evening plans were to go see 'Endless Love' at the Event Cinema. The cinema was so cool and American and the popcorn so much better than the ones in England! And the movie was really good too :)
Oh, before we went to the cinema we did a really different and weird, but cool thing! In the same building as the cinema there was an attraction called Odyssey Illusion Maze.
You had to take your shoes off and empty your pockets and put white cotton gloves on before entering. It is a different sections that tests your different senses in different ways. Some sections were absolutely pitch-dark, one made you feel like you were in space, one like you were in the Matrix, one was a room full of big space hoppers (gummibollar) and one, which I didn't like at all, where you had to crawl in something that was meant to be like a jungle or forest, but in the dark.
It was really different, but kind of cool.
We really like Auckland and are enjoying every second of our trip. The people here are very friendly and in comparison to other big cities, they like tourist and want to help them. The weather is really nice as well, we've had 27 degrees and warmer every day and it's meant to stay like this until mid-March, nice!
And don't worry Emily, you know I can never keep it short ;)
Hugs and Kisses,
Jenny and Dave