Thursday night was the Auckland students' last night in Tauranga so we went out for a meal in a nice mexican restaurant by the Mount to say goodbye. When we got back, two other students from Liverpool had arrived!! We knew one of them was coming but the second was a nice surprise. Unfortunately we haven't had much chance to chat to them as we left for Auckland at lunch time the next day.
We arrived in Auckland at about 8 pm on Friday night and grabbed some food before heading to our hostel. The hostel is really nice and clean, with a bar, computer room and jacuzzi!! We had a couple of drinks in the hostel bar and Katy and I beat several locals at pool! This morning we woke up early and took a harbour cruise to Rangitoto Island (which is an active volcano) and Devonport (which is a quaint little Victorian town). This afternoon we walked up Mt Eden, which is an extinct volcano in the centre of Auckland with spectacular views across the city. Our plans for tonight are to go up the Sky Tower and then head into town for a couple of cocktails. Tomorrow we think we might go to the National Museum before getting a couch back to Tauranga at 4.