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Day 26- 29- The Lost Days Between Christmas and New Year

Auckland Round 2!


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Waved off by Kirsty and Elliott at the coach, we set off for Queenstown again to hop up to Auckland for New Year, before heading to our next country. Although sleeping most the way, I’m told it was a pretty drive. A couple of hours to kill in Queenstown and we were flying right over the Remarkables; a pretty spectacular sight! We were thankful to Kirsty for the tip of choosing our seats on the left hand side of the plane.

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Our hostel was the first we’ve had on this trip (first of many), thanks to the campervan and friends and family. After checking in and checking out the facilities we went in search of some dinner, being rather late at night left us a little short of options. Taking a walk through an evidently rougher part of the city we came across a corner shop and thought we might be in luck. We didn’t spot the police car out the front and very quickly realised we were stepping into the aftermath of some sort of altercation, leaving the shop owner with blood on his face explaining the situation to the police. We quickly made for the exit and continued our search.

Getting back to the hostel with our new edible purchases, we seemed to walk in to the aftermath of another altercation. This time some guests at the hostel had been having and argument and concluded in them smashing mugs at a wall and a food fight. Lying in bed later wondering what an earth kind of place we were staying in it clarified to us that of all the beauty’s in New Zealand, Auckland was our least favorite.

The days in the run up to New Years were spent with Shane. Either going for long walks, visiting little quaint villages north of the city (a part of Auckland we actually quite liked) or simply shopping center hopping/tent shopping. You would think we were joking but we actually were costing up how much it would cost to ship a 40kg tent to the UK!

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The main event, NYE, came around. We spent the late afternoon was spent in the park playing frisbee... well until a dog ran off with it. Andy spent the best part of 30 minutes chasing the dog around before realising the dog was going to continue to out run him. We then proceeded to play with a different frisbee/ball hybrid until a small child came and started playing with it by herself. There we stood, three late twenty year olds having had both our frisbees stolen! After retrieving said items (one very dog chewed) we thought it was time to start drinking.

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In the last couple of hours of the decade we played card games, drank and chatted before making our way in to town for the fireworks. The bottle of rum we’d drunk between us in a couple of hours started to hit us all. With half an hour to spare till the main event, we stopped at the little disco tent with a view of the skytower and danced till the countdown began, having being rejected entry from the QE2 that was docked in the harbour. The fireworks... were tame compared to London standards but still pretty cool to be the first place in the world to experience the change of the year.

The next morning was a struggle to repack bags hungover. Well half of us, since andy hasn’t yet started getting hangovers (lucky for him). But time to head to Aus. New Zealand- done, tick!

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