Paddy & Leigh's Escape Down Under travel blog

Leigh in dull and rainy Manchester - oops, Auckland

Sky Tower

Beer bike - the way to see Auckland

Due to a technical cock-up, us not paying attention, we nearly missed the flight to New Zealand. Very embarrassing running through the terminal to the correct departure bay. They were just about to unload our bags as I came screaming around the corner. Some very disagreeable looks from our fellow passengers. Made it just in time.

We have been looking forward to arriving in New Zealand for ages and had painted an idyllic scene in our heads - blue skies and sunshine all the way. Unfortunately, we landed on 6th January in the back-end of a massive storm. Wind and rain greeted us - I thought we'd landed in Manchester! Next day wasn't much better so we spent the best part of it in a tourist bus. At least we saw all the main Auckland attractions even if it was through a window.

I suppose I should mention our first AirBnB experience - a very nice little flat in an apartment block right in the middle of town. Excellent place to view the city.

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