Landed at Auckland airport on Thursday morning. What a blessed relief to know that we were finally booked on an onward flight scheduled for exactly 25 hours after we arrived. The lovely young lady at the tourist info desk booked us a two-bedroom apartment right in the city centre and asked them to have our room ready even though it was so early (8am). However, hunger rather than sleep was our priority (despite being kept awake by some very bad parenting two rows in front).
We had the most delicious breakfast at at place I initially insisted that we walk past. We were so hungry that I ordered five meals, which we destroyed. Alex was completely psyched for tackling the entirety of NZ on our day trip. Anna, however, had caught Alex's cold and was becoming fairly miserable so we compromised. Rather than walk the four hour coast to coast walk (must be the narrowest bit of NZ), we walked up to Mount Eden, which is really a small hill which was once a volcano, from which you get a 360 degree view of Auckland and it's environs.
We then had an early dinner - mostly lamb, of course, then passed out at 7pm. Up early for a flight straight to Suva, rather than the usual tourist route of flying via Nadi. We were glad to be on the plane, but NZ is an intriguing place and I look forward to spending more time there.
Three hours later, we FINALLY arrived in Fiji!
First impressions were that it was green and full of mountains.
Did I mention that our house isn't ready yet? This piece of news was given to me casually by John a few days before we left. Our temporary home was built during WWII by the NZ military and I suspect it hasn't yet been updated. However, you can see the sea in the distance, feel the breeze through the generous windows and the beds are comfy. And it is in Fiji, so I'm not complaining.