22nd, 23rd and 24th September
5.30 alarm – the perfect start to a 10 hour bus journey to Auckland…
Cookie would be the poor driver taking us pretty much non-stop through to Auckland. We dropped Weeman and his bus off at the ferry terminal with a vague promise that he might be back in Auckland for Flo’s birthday. Not jealous at all of all those heading to South Island. Nope. Not one bit. OK fine we secretly hated the lot of them for having the best time still to come.
Time flies when you’re having fun; only thing is it’s very hard to entertain yourself sitting on a bus for 10 hours. Not that we didn’t try. Oliver, Daniel, Flo, Sam, and I attempted countless games, sleep, sing alongs, food, anything to relieve the boredom.
After 10 hours and one stop in National Park for lunch we finally arrived in a very busy and very booked up Auckland. This meant that despite our best efforts the only hostel we could get a bed in was Base.
A small meander round Auckland again where Sam decided to have a ‘snack’ before dinner. So a curry and naan were the obvious choice.
We, on the other hand, are ashamed to say that we visited Dominos, although for £2 a pizza – sorry not sorry.
The next day we checked out of base as soon as possible and moved to Station Backpackers. What we thought o be a nice quiet homely hostel. An upgrade to a private room and it looked like we might be right.
This upgrade turned out to be the room of a heavily sleeping and jet lagged couple that I barged my way into. A slight misunderstanding. We were then instead shown to a different private room which thankfully didn’t belong to anyone else.
A slightly dull day of organising followed;grocery shopping, rain, car hiring, more rain, and sat nav borrowing, ready for our weekend road trip to the Coromandel Peninsular.
The next day on the other hand was glorious! Sun was shining and so the museum was off and a drink on the waterfront was in.
Judging by our pinked faces we spent far too long basking in the sun watching the world pass by. So instead we floated around the boat fair, deciding which one to get Flo for her birthday. A very reasonably priced boat caught her eye, a meagre 745,000NZD…
Back to the hostel for dinner and a quick catchup with Marc and Evelyn. Sleep time. No wait. Another party took place outside our room. No sleep again.