The first day in Auckland flew by. We had a cab ride with an amicable Fijian, learning along the way that New Zealand has a significant number of immigrants from Fiji. Additionally, he shared with us that New Zealanders often vacation in Fiji. It’s less than a three hour plane flight between the two islands.
The rest of the day was spent walking from sight to sight in a jet-lagged trance. My favorite portion was the revamped Harbor area (per Wikipedia, it was revitalized for the 2011 Rugby World Cup). One can only imagine the debauchery that took place. From here, we snapped some great photos of the harbor and cityscape. After that, we headed to the hotel for a much needed nap and clean up session. It reminds me of the Peter Griffin quote, “I haven’t brushed my teeth in three days aaaand nobody’s noticed.”
Once we finished properly applying deodorant, we walked over to the Sky Tower to check out the views from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. There were people bungee-jumping from the top deck, totally insane. Nope, not for me. We actually saw an eight year old girl doing it, how emasculating! Almost as emasculating as writing a travel journal.
We finished off the day with an overpriced Italian dinner on the Harbor. Our collective exhaustion created an ideal environment for a classic mid 20’s existential funk-cleansing conversation. We finished our pizza and trudged our way back to the hotel for some of the most rewarding sleep I’ve had in a long time.