Travels {Auckland}

July 19th, 2011

We left Taupo for Auckland, the last leg of our New Zealand adventure. The torrential weather that had been with us for the past couple of days in Taupo, followed us to our final destination.

We dropped our bags off at the hotel, and then took the car back to the hire place a few blocks away. The rain had eased off and when we were asked if we needed a taxi, we declined. BIG mistake. Within minutes of setting off back to the hotel, the heavens opened, and even now, I still struggle to describe how bad it was. The nearest thing I can compare it to, would be standing underneath the shower fully clothed. It was relentless. We arrived back at the hotel to check in, and as I stood in a puddle of water, with my hair wet through and dripping down my face, the receptionist took pity on me and gave me a towel to dry off a little.

We checked in and made our way up to our room to get changed and dry out. We waited for the weather to calm down, and then we headed out to explore and grab some food. One thing we were still struggling with, were the celebrations on the run up to Christmas. When the sun did actually shine, it felt wrong to see Christmas decorations everywhere.

…..some of them were larger than life!

Our room gave us a view of the Auckland Sky Tower, but due to the weather conditions it was closed for most of the time we were there, so we only saw a few people do the Skyjump. Ian was well up for us jumping off the top, but after the bungy episode, I was quite glad that the weather prevented us from doing it!

On our last night we booked a thai massage, and it was SO good! After the walking, climbing and bungying it was needed…..

….the next day we were ready to fly back to Australia. We were heading to Adelaide to catch up with one of my oldest friends, who I hadn’t seen for about 14 years!