Through Auckland and Rotorua.
05.02.2008 20 °C
It is rather incredible to think that I will be heading home in a week! This time next Wednesday, we'll be (hopefully...) through security at the Auckland airport and waiting for our flight to board! Though I won't dwell too much on that just yet. First, I'll report our New Zealand adventures to date!!!
We hung around in Auckland for five nights (which was longer than intended but I had trouble booking us into a hostel in Rotorua) and mostly just explored the city and hung out around the hostel. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the roof is totally the coolest place to hang out. Also, it offers a pretty good view of the city! Here's a few pictures of us on a roof in Auckland:
And here is Kay reading in our dorm room. She doesn't like this picture, and ideally she won't kill me for posting it, haha!!
At the cheery hour of 7:30 in the morning, our bus came to pick us up. As opposed to taking the Greyhound through Australia, taking Magic Bus through New Zealand is much more tourist-y. The bus driver is also a tour guide who points out stuff along the way, and stops at fun places to take pictures! Before we had even left Auckland, he took us up to the top of Mt. Eden, which was actually a pretty small, dead volcano. The sky was super pretty, and there was a fantastic view out over the city!
(See? Super sweet clouds in the morning!!!)
And that one is just a portion of all the houses in Auckland. I think there's something like 1.4 million people in Auckland, out of around 5 million in the whole country. Apparently everybody loves Auckland!!!
En route to Rotorua, we stopped at a tiny little town called Waitomo. It was around noon, and it had started to heat up again! The clouds disappeared... see?
And finally one more of me... with some trees. This, I believe, is also during our stop over in Waitomo:
And there you have it! Tomorrow we're leaving Rotorua (which, just so you know, smells like rotten eggs everywhere in the city...) and going down to Wellington. In Wellington we are going on a super-not-nerdy-in-the-slightest Lord of the Rings movie tour. It should prove to be very fun, and I'm totally excited! After two nights in Wellington we head North again to a city called Taupo. Then back to Auckland! Chances are very good I'll post once more during that time, but I'm letting you know the whole plan anyways! That's all I've got for now, though... I'll see you all real soon!!!