Blogs from Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 24th 2015

There's an expression that truth can be stranger than fiction, and you would hardly believe this story except for one thing, it happens to be true! My visit to Auckland was supposed to be an overnight stopover, before flying on to Tonga to enjoy the sites in my final South Pacific destination for this trip. I had flown from Apia in Samoa on Air New Zealand with a stopover in the largest city of NZ, and got up early for the ongoing flight next morning after spending an enjoyable night at a central Auckland hostel. Getting formalities done at check in and customs was a breeze, and before long we were up in the air watching the inflight instructions on the screens produced with a clever Middle Earth theme. Everything was fine, and the food and ... read more
Auckland waterfront
Beautiful building
Tommy Rooney meets Jo Trouble

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 23rd 2015

Mon nouveau lieu de vie à seulement 15 minutes de l’école à pied et proche du centre-ville, de quoi profiter des soirées sans avoir à prendre de bus pour rentrer (entre autres). Une nouvelle étape de mon voyage !... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central February 22nd 2015

We took a leisurely drive to Auckland via the West coast, a long way but we can say that we have seen a bit more of NZ. We found the hotel first time - the satnav was a good purchase. The room had a kitchenette and the hotel did not have a restaurant, but as we were a stone's throw from the Viaduct harbour we went in search for food. There are some really expensive yachts moored here, including two America Cup yachts that you can hire. We found Donny Doogans, an irish pub serving roast dinners and we were served by a girl from Cardiff! Roast beef and a pint for less than £10, a bargain. On Sunday we decided to walk to the Eden garden. This took much longer than anticipated and due to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 17th 2015

Voilà l'école de langues "Languages International" à Auckland au milieu de Albert Park et juste à côté de l'Université. Un super lieu où se côtoient des dizaines de nationalités différentes dans la bonne humeur et dans le même but : apprendre l'anglais !... read more
Campus Languages International School (2)
Sky Tower depuis Albert Park

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central February 16th 2015

Hello from New Zealand! We are so excited to be here! Flight was great, seats were comfortable, and we slept some - not enough, but some. I timed our flight, and it took us just over 12 hours to get here. A few bumps as we crossed the equator, but we expected that. Passport Control at AKL was so simple and we were out of the airport in no time. Since we are a bit sleep deprived, we were really struggling with the New Zealand accent at the rental car counter. The staff was incredibly patient and kind with us, and we are now proud renters of a brand new Toyota Corrolla. I hope it looks brand new when we are done with it. Whew. Getting used to driving on the left side of the road ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 16th 2015

When we got to our hotel this morning it wasn't even 7am here yet. I had requested an early check-in, but knew that a 6:30am check-in would be pushing it. The very nice desk clerk recommended a local bakery for breakfast and said our room would be ready at 11am. Perfectly okay with us as 11am was more than fair. So, we had breakfast (delicious!), plotted our location on Google Maps, and found a regional park to explore this morning. We are huge fans of any kind of park - city, state, regional, national - anything that gets us out and about and seeing the "real" place we are in, not the tourist traps. What we found at this park totally surprised us - it was also a working farm! I love farms and animals and ... read more
Beautiful Horses
New Zealand Sheep!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 15th 2015

Feb 15th. Arrived around midday From Melbourne. Clocks gone on a further 2 hours so we are 13 ahead of UK time now. First impressions - it's hilly! But we like the atmosphere Downtown and Central. Nice old buildings to explore. The Auckland area will be our base for at least the next couple of weeks. We have some voluntary work lined up for 10 days or so and will have time to get out and explore too. Feb 17th. Took the local bus into the city. Went up the Sky City tower and to some great pics. Feb 18th. Late lunch at Degree Bar in Viaduct Harbour watching all the big pleasure cruisers and private sailing yachts mooring up. Feb 19th. Took the 12 minute ferry ride across the harbour to Devonport. More of a ... read more
Degree Bar,  Auckland
Mt.  Victoria

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 12th 2015

Tout à commencé par une histoire de voiture, Dylan a garé sa magnifique voiture de location en bas de la maison sur des places payantes de 8h à 18h. Après un succulent repas en haut de la Sky Tower dans le restaurant pivotant à 360°, nous avons survécu à une météorite venue s'écraser dans l'océan voisin. Pour nous remettre de nos émotions, nous avons été jouer quelques dollars $$$ au Casino. Ce fameux carré magique à la roulette nous a apporté prospérité et fortune (17,18, 20 & 21), ces chiffres porte bonheur nous ont permis de toucher le pactole, de doubler notre mise initiale ($20 à $40). Une bonne nuit de sommeil pour nous remettre de nos émotions et nous avons découvert avec stupéfaction, une amende sur le pare brise de Dylan (19h44). Après contestation et ... read more
Voiture de location
Sky Tower

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 8th 2015

2015 appears to be the year of both travelling and weddings... with one wedding down in lovely Sorrento Victoria with Mel and Mick... Greg and I are now off travelling to New Zealand... hitting in the North Island: Auckland, Omapere, Bay of Islands, Rotorua (with gas masks ready), the lovely Art Deco town that is Napier and Wellington, we then move onto the South Island where we will visit Picton, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt Cooke Moeraki Boulders, Denedin, Invercargill, Bluff, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Haast River, Franz Josef, Arthurs Pass and Picton.... not necessarily in that order. We will travel by air, boat, tram, train and coach. I will be attempting to drink champagne in as many places I can, whilst Greg will be checking out the wine vintages and the beer. So watch this ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 8th 2015

Le parasailing le plus haut de Nouvelle-Zélande : 1200 pieds soit environ 350 mètres de haut (la Tour Eiffel fait 301 mètres !). Explosif !... read more
Parasailing (2)
Parasailing (3)
Best selfie ever avec Nick (suisse allemand)

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