October 6, ’04 – Abi and I said farewell to Australia and boarded our flight to Auckland, New Zealand. We arrived in the early evening and took a cab to our hotel, and when I say cab I mean a mini-van with a trailer attached which holds all of the luggage and you kind of hope your luggage doesn’t get unloaded at the wrong stop.
We treated ourselves to the Hilton Auckland on Princess Wharf. The hotel was built in the design of a ship and it sits at the end of the wharf, very pretty. From our room we could see Auckland Harbour.
Unfortunately, we awoke the next morning to rain, rain, rain and a bit more rain for the next several days. Apparently, not so unusual. We braved the storm and headed out to explore downtown Auckland. We took a double-decker bus tour of the city but it was hard to see out of the windows much less take photos, but we were in Auckland, so who cares?!
Loving all your New Zealand pictures and posts! NZ is the first stop on our travel adventure in March and I’m really looking forward to it – I’m glad we decided to buy raincoats to take with us now!
Amy ~ Thanks for the kind words. We loved NZ, did not get to spend enough time there but we were able to capture a good feeling of the country. We were there in early October. Definitely, take your rain gear! While there we met up with a friend who spent two years in Wellington and she said the weather is very unpredictable, but she loved her time there. Safe Travels!