Yesterday I took myself to the zoo! It was great fun. I saw kiwis which are sooo cute and various other animals including giraffes, elephants, lions, sealions and little blue penguins which were also very cure although hiding! My trip round the zoo, however, only took me about 2 hours. It's obviously much quicker by yourself! So as I'd bought a day ticket for the bus I got on the bus to someplace called Point Chevalier. It turned out to be a park overlooking a small beach. There were some quite nice views from there but it was overcast and it was nothing spectacular so I got back on the first bus that came that was going to St Heliers. I looked at the map found the place and decided what the hell may as well go there! So I did! I ended up in a little seaside town where there was a really nice beach and great views out to the volcano island. I bought an ice cream and decided to walk along the waterfront to a place called Mission Bay which I'd read was really cool. I got there about 30 mins later and found that at 4pm on a Monday it wasn't exactly "happening". I had managed to have a great walk though along a really picturesque coastline. I then got the bus back downtown and then went to the exciting place that is Foodtown! I spent a good 40 mins wondering round the supermarket collecting items for dinner! I had ceasar salad and some nice fresh rolls that I ate with fresh salmon dip. It was great and it made a change to eat something healthy! I've eaten so much fast food lately as it's just so much cheaper!
Today I got out of the city completely and went on a tour that took us out to West Auckland and in to the mountains. It rained on and off all day but we never got wet as it was always timed with when we were in the coach! We visited the Vistor Centre pf the regional park and saw some great Maori carvings. Most of the carvings are of men and they have huge genitalia! It's funny! From the Centre they were some fabulous views out over both the Tasman Sea and toward the Pacific Ocean. We looked out over the rainforest which was lush and green. Later we were taken down to Piha beach which has black sand which is actually volcanic ash. The sand is magnetic too! I walked across the sand and dipped my toes in the sea. The surf was quite rough and there were a few surfers out there. There are really bad rips and undertows there though so you're only allowed to swim within the flags which were only about 20m apart! There was a big rock there called Lion Rock as it resembles a lion looking out to sea. There were also rock pools that has quite a few starfish in and loads of mussels! It looked like flowers but it was actually loads of mussels of different sizes in clusters. We then went to the rainforest and had a walk through it where we saw loads of fern trees, palms and some other trees whose names I can't remember! We saw loads of spiders' webbs but luckily no spiders. I have been assured though that there are no poisonous spiders in NZ. There are also no snakes and no poisonous plants. There are also no indiginous mammals. I didn't know that!
I had a great day today and I'm really glad that I managed to leave the city and get to the countryside again. It's nice not to walk down pavement all the time.
Well tomorrow I leave for Rotorua at 9.30am! Not sure what possessed me to book such an early coach? I think it was the cheapest one of the day. So tonight I need to pack. Again. I'm getting bored of all this packing! Luckily staying in backpackers and hostels you never really "unpack" so it's not too hard it's just a pain in the arse! Especially since it really is a struggle to get all my stuff in my bag! I'm definately going to send some stuff home before I leave for Oz. Especially since I believe my luggage limit for my flight to Melbourne is 20kgs and one bag and I've been checking in 2 bags with the main one being over 20kgs on my flights! Need to get rid of some stuff that I've not really been wearing.
Okay. So I should go pack now. Borrring!