Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but I’m sure you’ll forgive me once you’ve found out why… Kerry and I decided to leave the beautiful sandy shores of Australia and emigrate (once again!) to the even more beautiful sandy shores of New Zealand! To be honest it was a quick, somewhat rash decision… It was either Brisbane and Auckland and the thrill seekers inside of us settled on Auckland. So on Thursday morning we once again we packed up everything we own, threw it all on our backs, clutched our passports in our hands and made our way from Sydney’s CBD to the dizzying heights of Sydney airport. Three hours later and with a two-hour time difference we arrived in Auckland to be greeted by the worlds longest customs queue. This was going to be long!
Eventually we got to our hotel, (which had the MOST a-ma-zing view!) We had a strong coffee and a moan (come on! That customs queue was horrendous!) and hit the city. We found a great English bar called Spitting Feathers selling $3 Heineken and great $6 pizzas, they also had veggie chilli nacho bowl on the menu using Quorn mince for the chilli, this excited me A LOT and we went back on friday for lunch.
It has been a week now since we arrived and it has been quite a week! Auckland has so much to offer, there’s a fantastic, vibrant CBD, gorgeous islands that have plenty of natural beauty to soak up and fun activities to partake in, there are mountians to climb, an abundance of food to eat and at the moment there’s a comedy festival running so lots of shows to keep you laughing.
We have been lucky enough to sample most of the above. Friday consisted of a walk around town, getting to grips with the many, many hills that make up Auckland’s CBD and finding our way around. We sorted out the boring things, bank accounts, sim cards ect then enjoyed lunch in Spitting Feathers while reading guidebooks and consulting Trip Advisor and making a very long list of things to see and do. Friday night was spent wandering around Ponsonby, people watching, menu reading and feeling kinda insecure about my frizzy hair! It culminated in a Subway foot long sandwich and Graham Norton on TV.
Saturday was ‘Lets Climb Mount Eden’ day. I would highly recommend this to everyone who visits Auckland. The views are spectacular and the climb itself isn’t all that difficult. The mountain is very accessible from the city, you can walk to the base in about 30 minutes or jump on a bus that’ll take you right there. We walked there, then walked to the summit. I’m giving the impression I’m fit, I’m not! But it’s definitely a must do for all tourists. As is a stroll down Broadway in Newmarket. There are lots of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs, a huge Westfield and lots of hustle and bustle without being in the centre of town. Trying to choose what to have for dinner was tricky! Dumplings, Japanese, Thai, pizza, burgers, eek! We opted for Indian, when in doubt…. It was delicious, quick and so cheap. The place was called Chaahat Indian Cuisine on the Khyber Pass Road if you fancy a visit.
By Sunday we were shattered so spent the afternoon chilling out in a cool, little Irish bar called The Munster Inn It was selling $5 Snakebites, made with blackcurrant not cranberry (quite a rarity in Oz) so I was delighted! A little bit of diddly-diddly music in the background and the smell of onion gravy drifting from the kitchen, we could have been transported to the Emerald Isle. We finished the night with another curry, this time from The Jewel of Bombay on Queen Street and the final episodes of MKR. Good timez!
Another awesome excursion is a visit to Devonport. We packed a picnic and jumped on the ferry and 12 minutes later we were arriving on the shores of Devonport. It’s a beautiful, quaint seaside town full of quirky shops and eateries. We enjoyed a sandwich and idly watched the world go by. We only stayed a few hours but it was certainly worth the $12 dollar return ferry ticket.
As the comedy festival is on at the moment on Tuesday night we headed to the Town Hall to watch The Big Show it was a showcase of 6 comedians, mostly British, touting their wares. It was pretty funny and a nice environment, even if the cider was a little overpriced 😉
So, here we have it, yesterday was mostly a refresh day. Shopping and refueling. And today is Thursday again… It’s been quite a week, enjoyable, fast paced and tiring but awesome. There’s still so much to see and do, if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them, don’t be shy! And please remember to follow me on Instagram and Twitter ✌ ❤