Te Araroa Start

Te Araroa Start

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Relaxing in Auckland

Made it to Auckland. I usually fall asleep, out cold, on buses and planes. But here I can't do it. The vibrant greens sweeping past the windows are impossible to not admire. You would be hard pressed to find such a variety of shades of green anywhere else in the world, I think. The rolling hills with ridges on most hills that look like the waves on the ocean shore are brilliant! The vegetation is so foreign. I don't know the names of most of what I am looking at but I don't recognize them. It's like another world. Going through forested areas makes me imagine I am Jurassic Park. Surely there are dinosaurs hiding out still in this country, right?!

So I made it to Auckland. The city that doesn't feel like a city to me. I hated NYC with a passion, but here there is no rush. The hustle has a bit less bustle here I guess. So I explored some more, stretching my muscles and favoring my knee. I am nearly walking on it normally (until you throw a hill or some stairs in front of me and I want to cry). I got a massage, got my Internet on my phone fixed, chatted with the gals I roomed with at the hostel last week... 

Now I am waiting for a comedy show. I found a little comedy club in my wandering around today and the tickets for the show were cheaper than a movie ticket here so I decided to go for it. Then I will be off for a good night's rest and some early morning planning for the day tomorrow. Might see an island I can't remember the name of, or see if I can make it up Mt. Eden. Who knows what the next day will bring my way?

Cheers to everyone still reading my blog even after the trek disappointment. I don't have any regrets. 

1 comment:

  1. Well, you'll still have a good time in N.Z. Great place.
    Surprised you wanted to do this trek given your history of knee problems. NZ is not the place for inexperienced hikers. Luckily you started in the north and not the south which is a different world altogether.
    Do get down south as soon as possible. Renting a car is a nice way to see the country. Even a camper van. Take care with driving on the left - especially coming out of parking lots and gas stations. Easy to forget then. Take the ferry over to the south island and spend a couple three days in Picton and Nelson. If you spent most of your time down around Queenstown you would not be disappointed. Milford sound is worth the trip. Say hi to the parrots at the tunnel. Just don't let them disassemble your car.