So today am grabbing an internal flight to Auckland to start the North island part of the trip, which are luckily quite cheap and short at only an hour. So checking out of the nice YHA hostel, it’s a 10min walk to the bus stop and thankfully not longer as the backpack is heavy these days weighing in at 16kg plus my carry on bag. The bus is only $8 (£4) and much cheaper option than the shuttle I got here for $24 (£12). It takes half hour and runs frequently every 30mins, so I get there with plenty of time and can grab a coffee, muffin and update my pics on instragram and blog.
So arriving in Auckland at lunchtime, it’s nice to have the afternoon to do stuff and jump on a skybus to the city ($16/£8) where I am staying in Nomads Hostel recommended by Vietnam Darren who hopefully I will get time to catch up with while here. The airport is about a 40min drive so quite far out, but the bus is easy and had wifi. Checking into Nomads was more of a mission, but got there in the end.
So pretty much just dump my bags and head out around Auckland for a walk towards the ferry terminal and see what boats I can get for tomorrow as a day trip. I decide on Rangitoto as already been to Whaiheike. It’s quite nice seeing the harbour, the Queens Wharf and just having a slow walk up back along queen street passing the Prada’s, Louis Vitton and Gucci’s of the street. I stop at the sports bar for a cider to chill for bit, before heading back to the hostel. The dorm is a 12 bed so big room with a complete mix of people. I head out about 9pm to the bar that is part of nomads on the 1st floor Fort Street Union for a drink and it’s quite a posher place like a New York bar and drinks bit more expensive at $11 vs $8 in the sports bar. So after there I head to the sports bar and watch the rugby. I get chatting to a group out for work drinks and hang out with them for rest of night staying there and then back to Fort Street where the DJ is really good and manage to get some dancing in. And handy as it’s right next door to where I’m staying so easy to get home!
8th April 2016