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The long haul from L.A. exhausted us! We’ve been traveling for quite some time at this point. We flew from L.A. to Sydney to Auckland. By the time we got to visit Auckland we had been in airplanes or airports for a solid 24 hours.
The bus ride from the airport to downtown took about 40 minutes and then we had to catch another bus to continue onto our stop.
We got into our apartment in the early afternoon (by the way, this apartment was in an excellent location…easy to walk everywhere downtown!). Because of this, we pretty much stayed in for the rest of the day. The jet lag wasn’t terrible, but it was still a stickler, so our concept of time was still shaky. We just drank a little wine that night and had Sal’s authentic New York style pizza. Hayley tried to stay up, but crashed around 8:30 that night.
Breakfast that morning at Albert Park Cafe. It was a bit out of the way of the hustle and bustle of downtown. I had an omlette and Hayley got a smoothie and savory scone…both very good.
After a full stomach, we explored Albert Park for a while. It was beautiful and clean. A nice park to get away from the traffic. Auckland is a full-blown international city. It has well over a million people and the city is packed, so finding somewhere to get away from the noise was relaxing.
We followed the park up with a self-guided walking tour of Auckland. This was a great way to visit Auckland and we didn’t feel like we missed out on any big landmarks. We went to a cathedral, the dock, a university, the central park – all standard “big city” stuff. Auckland has some good sized hills, so the walk was a bit of a workout, too. Overall a great way to see the city.
Going out for food just didn’t feel appealing. We had a few places on the docket for beers and supper, but in the end we decided to stay in, make pork chops and green beans, and catch up on sleep.
The next morning we took the bus back to the airport and flew to Wellington. It was nice to visit Auckland but we were ready to get to work at our home base.
We included our airfare in this budget, and with that in the tally we ended up being over $700 in the black! It can be very easy to spend a lot of money when you’re out on the town, so to keep our budget in check for this trip was a big financial victory. Woot!
Ranking Auckland, New Zealand
- Affordability – We heard a joke on a New Zealand late-night show: “Joe’s $1,000 reward should be enough to buy him 2 drinks in Auckland.” We also heard the average price of a home was $1,000,000. I also paid $18 for sausage and eggs. Auckland is not very affordable.
- Cleanliness – For a major city, it didn’t seem any dirtier than any other and certainly cleaner than most. The city, on the whole is clean with construction hidden and not much graffiti. Nice work, Auckland.
- Food/Drink Options – Ton of food and drink to be consumed if you don’t mind paying for it. Is there really an “Auckland” style of food? We aren’t so sure. It’s just a mish-mash of every visiting culture.
- Friendliness – We asked several people on the street for directions and bus etiquette and we always received polite answers. Friendlier than most large cities we’ve visited.
- Things to Do – Like food and drink, there’s stuff to do, generally, but it’s plain expensive. We didn’t see anything that felt authentic to Auckland, itself. Auckland didn’t feel like it had it’s own culture, which is what we try to experience in each town we visit.
RANKING 2 OUT OF 5 MITTS
This is one of the lowest rankings we’ve given. To be fair, the long flight drained us and we didn’t have 100% energy to take on the city. Perhaps if we had given it a proper chance with more than two nights in the city, we could have found some more affordable things to do and been able to enjoy a local bite to each. But…right now, we’re not feeling the need to go back.
Have you been able to visit Auckland? What did we miss? Leave us a comment or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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