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Jet Lagged in Auckland

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A February 2005 trip to Auckland by stomps

Laundry Day Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
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Jet Lagged in Auckland

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Laundry Day Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland was the first stop on my backpacking tour around New Zealand. Jetlag could have had something to do with our impression of the city, but we were not totally impressed with it. It seemed like any other small American city, except with a beautiful harbour around it--on every corner there was a Starbucks or a Burger King.One thing that really struck us was how early everything closes--make sure that, if you are in the city centre, you get everything you need before 5pm. It was interesting attempting to find a) a grocery store and b) one that was open at 5:30pm when searching for yogurt for a friend.This city does have a lot for water-inclined though--while it was not really warm ...Read More

Auckland Central Backpackers (VIP)

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This was our first stop after our long flight to New Zealand, so I have to say, no matter what the quality of the hostel, it would have been a welcome sight. Luckily, we had picked well.ACB was very well located, right in the centre of Auckland and only a few blocks away from the Sky Tower. Queen Street had all the transportation you needed to get anywhere else in the city, along with plenty of shopping and fast food. Shuttles from the airport take you directly to the door, so all you have to do is get up the elevator to the third floor. This is the only place you are allowed to go to without having a key, which gives the place some security.There are plenty of very helpful staff a...Read More

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Auckland Central Backpackers (VIP)
229 Queen Street At Darby Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
(64) 9-358-4877

Sky Tower Vertical Challenge

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Attraction | "Sky Tower"

Daredevil Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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The Sky Tower was definitely the highlight of our trip to Auckland. A short walk from Queen Street, the main street through the centre of Auckland, it gave us at least an hour or two of amusement. You get wonderful 360º views of the whole of Auckland, its outlying suburbs and peninsulas, and the glittering turquoise harbour itself. The views aren't all straight ahead of you either--there are a fair number of windows looking straight down that you can walk across--or jump across, after you hear the guide tell you about a 5-year-old kid jumping on one with a rock in his shoe and cracking the glass right through!There's also the attraction of watching people bungee off the top of the tower, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Sky Tower Vertical Challenge
Federal St and Wellesley St
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 570 2222

Devonport Ferry

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Attraction

Devonport Ferry Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Although this was not an actual boat tour, it was in the vein of a ride like the Interislander Ferry, which takes you across the Cook Straits between the two islands, or the Manly Ferry in Sydney, which takes you through the harbour. This ride was really meant as transportation between two places, but also served as a mini sightseeing tour on its own.We walked to the ferry terminal, located at the very end of Queen Street. It was rather a long walk, but we got to see a lot of the city in the process. We luckily got to the terminal just in time to buy the $8 ticket and jump on the ferry. It was pretty packed with commuting kids and other non-touristy looking people.The ferry ride it...Read More

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Devonport Ferry
Ferry Building, Quay Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (0)9 367 9111

Taking Rides From Strangers

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Our tiny, tiny car needs gas. Photo,
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Since we only had a limited time in New Zealand before moving on to Australia for our study abroad orientation, we had pre-booked all accommodation, major transportation and activities before making it to the country. This was good in that we knew exactly what was going to happen, and when we were going to make it to where—or so we thought.Turns out, when we got to the Auckland airport, our flight to Wellington couldn't take off because the city was fogged out. Apparently this happens once or twice a month, so watch out—it's because the runway is only long enough for a 747 to land, and absolutely no longer—so if you overshoot the runway, you end up floating in the bay.Unfortunately...Read More