Friday, October 14, 2005

Day 125 - Auckland, New Zealand

Day 125 – 11th October 2005 +12:00 GMT Total Miles 26657

Woke up after about 4 hours sleep and had breakfast served to me, Fresh Fruit a Yoghurt and a hot Flan with sausage and egg and mushroom, followed by Orange Juice and a cup of tea. I settled down and finished my book just as we landed. Made our way through Immigration and customs with no problems, although two people behind us had got stopped and charged $200 for having an apple in their handbags. You can not bring any food into New Zealand, you have to declare it if you do, they said they had no fruit and ended up getting a hefty fine for one apple you can be prosecuted and fined up to $100,000. We left all our food on the plane just to be on the safe side. We made our way out the airport and after a quick chat with the local information point for a shuttle to out Hotel, Aspen Place Hotel, They let us check in at 8am which was very nice and we dumped our bags and headed straight for there free breakfast. After we had eaten all we could we crashed out in our room for several hours catching up on the ever so needed beauty sleep. Reece and I then went for a walk along the waterfront and visited the tourist information and got some flyers covering most of New Zealand. When we got back to the room Jill was awake so we all headed into the city centre where we wandered around looking in shops and getting a feel for the place.

Auckland Square

Auckland City Hall

Stopped for a beer at the Shakespeare Tavern and had a few games of pool and a great chicken curry. When then went back to the hotel for some more sleep, after a couple of hours I decided to visit the Skyrise Casino and played blackjack for a couple of hours. Went back to the hotel and promptly fell asleep.


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