Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, 29 December: First day in Auckland

We arrived early this morning (5am!) made our way through customs, got into the rental van and successfully navigated our way to our first stop: the Auckland City youth hostel.  Everyone was in good spirits and ready to explore the city.  Our activity for the day was the Auckland Sky Tower, one of the tallest structures in the southern hemisphere.  Everyone was impressed with the 360 degree view of Auckland and the surrounding areas, particularly since the region has 30+ volcanic cones in view!  The weather has been unseasonably wet due to now-defunct cyclone perched northwest of the north island, but we're all taking it in stride!  Tomorrow: Tiritiri Matangi island nature reserve!

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