Kia Ora Aotearoa!
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I think I was 15 years old when I saw on CNN travel an episode about New Zealand. The diversity of this country made a huge impression on me and I was determined to visit New Zealand. Well, here I am. Some quick facts about New Zealand: It's seven times bigger than the Netherlands (and 2 times bigger than England), population: 4.3 mln people and a few Hobbits, about 41 mln sheep and Lord of the Rings was shot in this country.
My flight from Sydney to Auckland was great. The Emirates is really a great airline company, one of the best services, facilities I had on an airplane. In Auckland, I stayed at Base hostel. I really had no idea what to do in Auckland. The first thing I had to do was to go to the supermarket.
When I was in Australia, many backpackers told me they've met many Dutch backpackers in New Zealand. I've just met a few in Australia. The first person I talked to in New Zealand was Dutch. This lady from customs at the airport asked me all kinds of questions in Dutch. Basically, the only important thing for her was whether my shoes were clean or not. At the hostel I planned to sleep very early because I was very tired.
I've been thinking how to travel around New Zealand. Should I buy/rent a car or should I travel by bus? According to my calculations, travelling by bus is the cheapest way to get around. The bus itinerary looks good too. The bus goes to all the places I want to visit. It's a hop-on/ hop-off bus, so I can decide when to go and how long I want to stay at the places where the bus stops. This sounds flexible enough for me.
About Auckland. I had no clue what to do in Auckland. I didn't feel like going to the Sky Tower or to Rangitoto, which is a volcano next to Auckland. I went to the Botanic Garden, which was okay but not as good as the ones I've visited in Australia. I thought Auckland was a little bit boring. Nothing to do here and the city has no dynamic, no buzzling life. I have to admit that I only stayed downtown and it was raining pretty much everyday (with occasional clear sky though). The weather has definitely an influence on my opinion about Auckland.
The highlight of my stay in Auckland is the bungy jump I've done off the Harbour Bridge.
Next stop: Bay of Islands.