Happiness is ...New Years day on a beach near Mission Bay !!!
01.01.2009 - 02.01.2009 28 °C
Thursday 1st January 2009
Up without a hangover ( even shocked at that one myself !!) and got a taxi to Mission Bay so that we could bring in the New Year UK time on a beach. Typical tourists !!!
The taxi ended up taking us out along Tamaki drive past Mission Bay and onto Kohimarama beach, which looked quieter and a bit more picturesque than the main Mission Bay beach.Got there with about 15 minutes to spare before New Year in the UK so we basically stripped, slapped on the suntan cream ( scarily hot today - pretty damn close to 30 degrees I reckon) and cracked open the champagne.
I was in my element - especially when a couple of older local ladies commented on our little picnic ( we had olives, crisps and grapes too). One of them said , "That looks very civilised !!" So, you see, we can even impress the locals !! Maybe she was just looking for a free galss ( it didnt happen !!!).
We did the obligatory texting and phoning home - yup, having a mobile again is amazing ( even if none of you guys texted me to wish me a Happy 2009 !!!) - and then sunbathed for a bit although it got too hot too quickly. I amazed myself by yet again swimming in the sea - thats twice this holiday !! Have to say the Pacific was way colder than the Atlantic around Brazil.
Loved all the families on and around the beach, and the pubs and cafes along Tamaki drive were all doing decent trade.Really nice laidback feel to the whole area, muc nicer than in the city. We grabbed some food at Mama Mia's before starting the walk home. Walked to Okahu pier and took heaps of photos before finally geting a bus back into the city. Met a lovely family from England who have been here for 4 weeks and gave us tips for the South Island - quite sobering the way they managed three children under 5 so effortlessly. Thank god I dont have kids - would ruin my holiday !!
Our last night in Auckland was spent having a fantastic meal at the Orbit restaurant in Sky Tower. The food was brilliant - and the views were astounding, although probably a bit too dark for decent photographs by the time we got to our table. The fact it was a set menu too meant it wasnt that unreasonable price wise either. My only complaint would be that the restaurant revolved round very slowly - think we only went all the way round twice.
Have to say Auckland has grown on me ; its taken a while but I think I sort of like it now. The suburbs on the outskirts of the city are definitely the places to be ( all the beaches were mobbed,and its a real family affair ). Oh yeah, and a nice bit of sunshine always helps - think another day or so here might have just done the trick, once evrything got back to normal and all the locals returned to the city.
Friday 2nd January 2009
We headed off mid morning to collect the hire care from Thrify, with a view to upgrading to a larger model to acomodate my ever growing luggage. Not an option - they didnt even have a car for us when we arrived, let alone an option to change it. Apoparently getting a hire care in the city at this time of year is almost impossible, thanks god we booked !!After a bit of a wait and a nervous 5-10 minutes where we put down the seats to try and squeeze in all the bags we were finally off to Rotorua. It rained solidly and we didnt stop for lunch o the way, chosing instead to just keep going.Didnt really see much enroute other than a wierd little town called Tirau, which had a bizarre fixation with corrugated iron models ( huge sheep on the way in and a matching sheep dog too ; Im not joking) The whole town seemed corrugated iron obsessed. Was quite busy though - maybe thats where all of Auckland was LOL.