New Zealand, finally!
20.02.2011 68 °F
We have officially arrived in New Zealand! After yesterday's long layover in Sydney, we got into Auckland after midnight last night. We were all close to collapsing by the time we got to our downtown hotel on Hobson Street and we definitely slept well last night! I am currently sitting at a coffee shop sipping a "flat white" (like a latte but thicker) and taking advantage of their free wifi.
Sydney was wonderful yesterday. We were so lucky that Rick's friend Kylie was willing to act as chauffeur and tour guide for the day. Our flight landed close to 7am and after a brief freshening up, we were off. We took the bus to central Sydney and proceeded to walk for hours! And we saw A LOT. We walked through Chinatown to Darling Harbor and then to Circular Quay (pronounced "key"). We saw the famous Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. We also walked throughout the Rocks, which is the old city section of town and also the location of a really adorable street market with local craft-makers and the like. We also found some time on the way back to the airport to visit Coogee beach, which was beautiful.
The weather did not exactly cooperate - it was almost to the point of being unbearably hot. It was around 90 degrees and really muggy. We weren't exactly at our picture-taking best, but I'll post some anyway . Apparently the city was in the middle of a heat wave, so this was pretty unusual. But we made the best of it, even if we are suffering with some blisters and sunburn today.
All in all, I really loved Sydney and it's definitely on my list of places to return to. One day was not near enough. But now I turn my attention to NZ. Today we'll explore Auckland and tomorrow we head toward Taupo, with a stop to see the glow worms along the way!