Having met up with my parents in Melbourne the night before, we flew over to Auckland to spend a week exploring some of New Zealand North Island, after a reasonably short flight compared to the 23 hour one from London we landed a little after noon in a wet and windy Auckland.
We headed to our hotel in the centre of Auckland’s CBD and after dumping our stuff in the rooms it was time to head out and explore the surrounding area and find something for dinner. Our hotel was a short walk from Sky City and the main shopping streets, it was also ideally located for the waterfront areas, taking a little over 10 minutes to walk there!
The first night we found a little bar down in the harbour area called Degree Bar which did amazing burgers and wandered around some more before heading to bed. On the second day we headed to a Denny’s which we noticed was near our hotel the night before and then jumped on a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour bus to go around the city, we ended up jumping off and heading to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) which was surprisingly interesting before going back into the city for a late lunch. After some more wandering around the shops, we ended up at a nice Italian restaurant for dinner and then had a few drinks in the hotel before going to bed.
Day 3 I met up with a friend who I knew from my time at Disney Cruise Line who lives in Auckland. We went up the tower at Sky City which gives amazing views over the city and harbour, it also has glass floors and the floor of the elevator on the way up is glass as well! Thrill seekers can jump off the tower, I did consider doing it and if it had been summer I probably would have although as I write this I do regret not doing it – I guess it’s an excuse to go back to New Zealand.
Waking up early on Day 4, I walked round to Avis to pick up our hire car and after picking the parents up at the hotel we headed out of the city and on our way to Rotorua. On the way, we planned to go to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are a little under 2 hours from Auckland where you can go on a boat ride through a cave filled with millions of tiny Glowworms before heading on to Rotorua.