The plane ride was just a little bit late and took 1hr 40mins, before arriving in Auckland. I don’t appreciate Jetstar, with their less than average hospitality and excess baggage charges! We hopped on the park ‘n’ ride and arrived at the Formule 1 hotel a few minutes later. It was free and the accommodation seemed very nice for the price! We were also joined by the New Caledonian U17’s women’s football team, who seemed to take over the place.
We walked to Countdown supermarket, which is one of the major supermarket chains in NZ. This meant the prices were much more reasonable than the corner shops we had been used to on our travels. We dumped some stuff at the hotel before walking to the airport, to catch the airport express ($25 return).
The journey which was supposed to take an hour was only about 40mins at the most. We stopped in the City Centre and walked around until we found the Sky Tower (not hard to find). The views were mightily impressive, even if we did miss the sunset and had fairly shit weather. On the ground floor had several movie set items and life-size characters (which I took plenty of pictures of). Walking back towards the centre, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant for something different. We both had nachos (hand-made), which were the best I’ve had before and you could tell it was truly Mexican. The bus journey home took 30mins and we had a quick walk back to the Hotel from the domestic terminal.
Friday 13th April 2012
This morning we got all ready to go again and went down to make toast for breakfast, but were then swarmed by the football team. We returned to our rooms for 20mins before heading back down. Although it was a bit quieter, there were still loads of the girls taking up lots of the space. We checked-out and waited for the park ‘n’ ride, which took about 40 minutes to turn up. Just before we decided to walk it, the bus came and took us to the international terminal after 2 other stops.
|This a view of Auckland from the Sky Deck|
|Me with Tintin and Snowy|
|The Sky Tower|