Map from The Great Circle Mapper
Up and packed, had breakfast at the
hostel and got tickets for the airbus. New Zealand money is plastic -
like Australian money, very useful if you accidentally wash it. New
Zealand seems to have integrated it's cultures more, Maori names are
still used for places and some signs are dual language. Maori culture
and heritage seems far more accepted and celebrated than the
indigenous cultures in America and Australia.
Got the airbus from
outside the hostel to the airport. Very impressed with Air New
Zealand, there is a separate area for Business Class check in,
immigration and we were fast tracked through security. From
approaching the check in desk to being in the lounge only took about
In the lounge we got a buffet lunch. On the plane
we got our own portable DVD players with a list of DVDs to choose
from - I watched Phantom of the Opera. We had a very pleasant
'light' four course lunch, followed by coffee and mints. Arrived at
Sydney airport and got through immigration and customs fine. Got the
shuttle transfer to Wake Up fine. Our room is reasonable for a hostel
and even has a TV in it. The key cards include advice on what to do
if being followed by a Matrix agent.
After dumping our bags we set
out to explore and caught a train down towards the quayside.
We had a
lovely walk along the harbour with fantastic views of harbour bridge
and the opera house all lit up. Just sat taking in the view for a
while before finding a bar for food, beer and to watch England make a
reasonable start to the second test.
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