Thursday, 9 February 2012
New Zealand Day Fourteen – Auckland
Early this morning we packed everything in the car and travelled back to Auckland. The journey took about three hours. Roads in New Zealand are much quieter than England and the only traffic we hit was on the motorway coming back into Auckland.
As it was my sister’s birthday we went for lunch at a very nice Swiss café in Milford and then we drove along the North Shore to see all the Bays, stopping at Long Bay for a walk along the beach. The weather was the best it’s been since I arrived – about 25 degrees and sunny, which was heavenly.
In the evening we went to the Sky Tower in the city, which, like the old Post Office Tower in its hey day, has a revolving restaurant as well as an observation floor. Both give a 360 degree view over the whole of Auckland and it was easy to see for miles. One option I quickly declined was bungy jumping over the side of the building, though for some strange reason it was a popular activity. We watched quite a few people hurtle past the window on their way to the ground and I felt queasy just observing.
As the sun began to set, its light breaking through wispy clouds cast a golden glow over the city, distant hills, islands and the sea. Just beautiful.