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Auckland and Waiheke Island, New Zealand

June 13, 2009

Day 58

We flew from Nadi to Auckland this morning and arrived around 1PM.  It also took us a really long time to get through customs. New Zealand is very picky about what you bring in with you, and that includes dirt from other places that might be on your shoes and any food that you might have with you. We spent a few hours in the tourist office and booked hop-on, hop-off bus to get us around New Zealand for the next couple of weeks. We got to the hotel around 5PM and took a short walk down Queen Street (the main street in downtown Auckland) but we didn’t have time for much else since the weather was bad.

Day 59

We took a day trip to Waiheke Island today. Waiheke Island is about a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland harbor. Its a popular summer vacation place for a lot of Aucklanders, but there are also about 2,000 people who live there and commute to Auckland everyday for work.

A view of Auckland harbor from the ferry boat taking us to Waiheke Island.

A view of Auckland harbor from the ferry boat taking us to Waiheke Island.

We took a short walk along Oneru beach. The Island is pretty, but the weather was a little rough this day.

We took a short walk along Oneru beach. The Island is pretty, but the weather was a little rough this day. However, we did see several dolphins playing in the water!

An interesting looking flower on Waiheke Island.

An interesting looking flower on Waiheke Island.

Day 60

We planned to go to Rangitot Island for some hiking but we were both feeling a little sick. Plus it was cold and raining. We took a short walk around the city, but mostly took advantage of the warm bed and the free sky movie channel in the hotel. I wrote a log of blog entries at the internet cafe today.

We did see on the news that there was a protest in Auckland yesterday of resitdents who want to be able to walk and cycle over a bridge in the city. Right now it’s only open to automobiles. The protesters eventually ran onto the bridge which stopped traffic for a while. This is the kind of protests this country has, to be able to ride a bike or walk instead of drive a car…it pretty much sums up the atmosphere.

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