Today’s throwback is from my 2008 New Zealand travel journal. I’ve edited it slightly as I think my writing style was more wordy back then, and I liked brackets and exclamation marks!
I arrived in Auckland airport to discover that my brand new case had been completely ripped apart by baggage handlers, so my first stop was the Baggage Services office, where Air New Zealand provided me with a new case that was slightly larger and appeared to be better quality than the one they’d destroyed.
We were going to stay with friends of the family: Andrew and Kay. Kay was there to meet us soon after we came through customs. It’s just as well she recognised me, as I was unsure I’d spotted the right person, having last seen her some years ago! She took us to One Tree (or to be more precise No Tree) Hill and Mount Eden, where we were able to get good views of the city. We then went back to her house in Mount Eden, where we met her daughters and Lacey the cat.
In the afternoon, Kay dropped us off in Parnell, where we wandered around the shops (mainly arty shops and boutiques) and had lunch. We then made our way to Auckland museum, where we saw a Maori concert, and various displays that I can’t quite recall (museums really aren’t my thing!). We then walked across Auckland domain (it’d be called a park back home!) to see the winter gardens and fernery. The winter gardens are pretty, and it’s free to get in, which is always a bonus!
Kay picked us up, and we went back to her house, where we met Andrew and their two sons. By dinner time I was getting really and kept having micro sleeps at the dining table! I nodded off holding a glass of wine, which I tipped all over myself. I managed to stay up until 9pm, then went to bed, closely followed by everyone else.