Dolly Travels: Auckland, New Zealand

Published Date Author: , September 21st, 2015

Auckland, New ZealandKia Ora,

Hello, or welcome, to New Zealand. I hope you are ready to share this magnificent country with me. Unfortunately, for you, your experience will be what I hope I can convey through my writing, as well as the pictures that I am able to send along with the writing.

First, I want to say to you, I have been to New Zealand before…ten years ago, with this same company, Overseas Adventure Travel. Since that time, most of my travels have been in Europe, or Mexico, or Costa Rica. However, always in the back of my mind, was this running thought: I simply must see New Zealand again. I had found this country to be the greenest country I had ever visited. The rolling hills, the volcanos, now extinct, so therefore, green. I remember seeing the new lambs, frolicking about in the green fields, for this is springtime here in New Zealand, which is lambing season. Daffodils and calla lilies growing wild on the hillsides.

> Yesterday morning, after a very long plane ride (13 hours from Los Angeles), I arrived in Auckland. At the airport I was met by our group leader, Aaron. After going through Customs, I met 4 other group members, who had been on my flight. Aaron led us to a bus, we boarded and started on our way to downtown Auckland. Aaron, who is a New Zealander and very passionate about this country, decided we needed some exercise after our long flight. Therefore, he had our bus driver take us up to Mount Eden, a suburb of Auckland. We walked from the bus to the top of the mountain. From the viewpoint at the top, we could look down at the city, the 2 harbors.

Finally, we arrived at our lovely hotel, the CityLife Auckland. What a good feeling to check into my room, have a wonderful shower, and relax for a bit, before joining Aaron on a short tour of the city on foot. The hotel is very near the Marina. Aaron pointed to some historic buildings that were interspersed with modern structures. We ended our tour at the Marina, near the Ferry Building.

Some of us went to lunch at the Crab Shack on the waterfront. What a meal! I just wanted a fish sandwich – I do believe it was the biggest fish sandwich I have ever seen, and it was delicious. I had to ask for help from my dining companions to finish the French fries.

Later, we went to dinner with the entire group to another fine restaurant on the waterfront. I was still full from lunch, but I was able to make a sizable dent in my red snapper entree.

When we got back to the hotel, I didn’t waste anytime getting to bed. By 8:30 p.m.on this our first day, we had crossed the International date line, our new time zone was 19 hours ahead of California time. My mind and body was so tired. I slept very well, and woke up feeling much better this morning.

Our Tour Leader, Aaron, had arranged for us to go on a walk with Prince Davis, a member of the local Maori tribe, Ngati Whatua. I cannot spell or pronounce his Maori name. Davis is a Welsh name that he goes by. As he talked, we learned so much about the Maori history in New Zealand. He also sang some story-songs to us, telling us about sharing. What a lovely tenor voice he has! He used his hands, also, reminding me of the hula singers in Hawaii.

Prince Davis walked us through the park and into a building that contained the most beautiful flowers, all that grow in New Zealand now, that are not native to this country. Later, Prince’s wife met us in the park. She had set up a table with native kiwi fruit, tea, coffee, cheeses, and cookies. We had a little refreshment while both Prince and his wife told us more stories about New Zealand.

After our refreshment, we went to the Auckland Museum. That was a fantastic place, with a huge Maori exhibit on the ground floor, Natural History on the second floor, and the War Memorial exhibits on the third floor.

Eventually, we returned to the hotel. I was too tired to go out anymore, so I had an appetizer and glass of wine in the hotel bar, then visited with some of the other tour members, and now it is almost time to go to dinner! My, how time flies when one is having fun.

Tomorrow we leave Auckland, and start our journey towards Rotorua. I wish I had more time to spend here in Auckland. However, the rest of this lovely country is waiting for me, so I must go.

I will try to write often. Until next blog post, I must say,

G’day. (I must find out how to say, until we meet again.)

Dolly

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