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Published: July 13th 2010
Devonport Ferry Terminal
A 10 minute ferry ride gets you to nice island; recommended by friendly guy in the city as 'how New Zealand use to be'.
Wow! I made it! Long flight. It feels like September in terms of temperature. Everyone is wearing black winter jackets and clothes. The whimps. ha ha Its a sunny day and Auckland looks so beautiful. I arrived before 5 a. m. and got to cheap hotel by 6. Slept four hours, got up, showered and took bus downtown.
Travel tip when landing at airport: buy food before you get on shuttle bus to hotel. There is a cafe with packaged tikka veg curry for $8 NZ which I think is $6 Can. My airport hotel has restaurant that isn't open in morning or during the day. A curry, no matter how cold, is satisfying with a cup of hotel-room tea.
I've left my mark in Auckland...literally. At the bus stop outside of hotel, when an older man was disembarking he was yelling something at me. I thought it might be a snake in the grass beside the power poll. The bus driver pointed out that I was standing in wet cement (they must have replaced the sidewalk). Jetlag, eh??!!! I didn't notice. Now before you think I'm really daft, it wasn't so wet that my shoes were sinking in it. It
I think things have changed recently. You'd think there would be a gov't person hired to moniter their signs. This one is worth a snapshot, especially with Auckland city as a backdrop.
was moist enough that my footprints remained on the surface. OOOoooops. I was laughing hard when I got on the bus.
The hotel is in area with many Maouri and it was interesting watching the suburbs change into city during the 30+ minute bus ride.
Auckland is a bit like Halifax, much more Pacific-country orientated though. I'm starving and of course I'm off to find Thai restaurant. Creature of habit I know, for all you who read these blogs.
People are friendly here...yes, it feels like the Maritimes. A fellow on the bus took me to camera shop to find battery charger, then pointed out the building with travel information. He suggest the 10 minute ferry ride to Devonport which was perfect for this afternoon. Apparently the sunny skies will last another day, then cold rain. I don't mind at all (so she says on day one). Feels good to escape the blistering heatwave in Vancouver.
I got a coffee in Devonport, then caught the ferry back while the sun was setting. Really short days here, winter in New Zealand.
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