Auckland Sat 3rd Nov 15-19°C, Few showers, gales.
The Brisbane International self check-in & bag drop was quick and easy, also the Qantas Club breakfast was quite good. Had a comfortable 3h15m flight to Auckland.
The Skybus from Auckland airport has an inexpensive frequent service with baggage racks on board and convenient stops around the city. Stayed at the Kiwi International hotel, dated but clean, the single room is quite small but comfy enough for a short stay.
Walked down to Sky Tower to find a Mexican 'Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos' festival in progress with colourful costumes everywhere and much vigorous dancing. Many attendees had macabre but whimsical 'Catrina' (skull) make-up. Street food stalls sold a variety of Mexican fare, I indulged in some paella while enjoying the carnival mood. There was a very busy 'Day of the Dead' cantina with many tempting margarita varieties available.
Went up to the Sky Tower observation deck, worth the $29 for a magnificent 360° view of the Auckland area including the islands and Coromandel peninsula on a clear day. The least expensive of three restaurants in the tower, Skycafe has reasonable light meals and tables with a great view. Unfortunately today has been very gloomy and overcast but it still has been great to enjoy coffee and cake while watching the city lights come on.https://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/sky-tower/