Sydney to Auckland

2nd September 2010

We left Sydney for Auckland-New Zealand on Thursday 2nd September. We got a shuttle bus from the hotel at 7am, getting us to the airport for 8am. We flew with LAN airlines to Auckland. The flight was good, although the checking in took forever. We got to the airport 2 ½ hours before our flight and still we had to run through security to get to our gate in time for our flight.

Arriving in Auckland was pretty straight forward. We got through passport control very fast, with no problems. I get 6 months in NZ and Paul gets 3 months (with his Irish Passport). I’m not sure why he gets less than I do. We got the airbus into the city from the airport. It cost us $15 each (£7) for a single into the city. The journey from the airport to the city takes about 30 minutes.

We got off on Queen Street This is the main shopping St. in Auckland. Our hotel was just 5 minutes walk away on Wyndham St. We didn’t book before, but we’d looked up a few hotels before. We stayed in the All Seasons hotel. It cost $65 (£32) a night. The room comes with a small bedroom with a double bed, small kitchen area and a bathroom. We would definitely recommend the hotel. The room was small, but it had everything we needed and it was right in the centre of the city.

We will write more about our time in New Zealand very soon. We are currently driving around the North Island in a camper van. We have been on the road for 10 days now. Here is a Picture of the route that we have taken so far. We are currently in Wellington.

Our Journey so far

Our Journey so far

We still have another 11 days in our camper van. We will be dropping it back in Auckland, then flying to the south Island and hiring another camper there.

Paul outside our Camper-that we are driving around the North Island with

Paul outside our Camper-that we are driving around the North Island with

Ruth and Paul

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