After crossing the date line and losing a day we arrived in Auckland. We decided to hire a car rather than a camper van and quickly found the best deal at NZ$20 a day ! So we drove into Auckland in our 1.4 white Nissan hatchback top begin our NZ adventure !
On a narrow strip of land between two scenic harbours, Auckland is surrounded by more sandy beaches and attractive islands than most other cities in the world. It is the largest city in New Zealand and is the same size as London although Auckland only has 1.2million population.
After driving around town we found a nice place to stay and ended up making it as far as the supermarket to get some dinner before drifting off to sleep !
The following day we made our way to Queen street, the heart of the city. We had a look at the shops and sorted out a mobile phone before going back to our hotel to pick up the car and drive to Parnell (a district of Auckland) to see the Auckland museum. This has to be one of the best laid out museums that we have been too !! A bit of an information overload but it is in a lovely building in the middle of a park and has the whole Maouri history as well as lots of other exhibitions.
We then carried on up to Mount Eden, an extinct volcano for a great view over the city. After walking around the crater edge we headed back and went to dinner in Ponsonby street, famous for its restaurants.
The next day we headed to Devonport, a quaint suburb on the tip of Auckland's North Shore peninsula and easily reached by crossing the harbour bridge. It has many Victorian and Edwardian buildings and has great views across to Auckland. In the afternoon we headed back to Queen street to do some shopping ! We were tired by the evening so stayed in and had a bit of food in our hotel.
Freemans private hotel - Good location close to the centre and nice rooms including breakfast. We got it for $58 a night.
Burger fuel - Great restaurant if you like burgers.... and we do !