19.02.2013 - 19.02.2013 24 °C
Delayed flight out of Sydney. Arrived Auckland three hours later (15:15) after a straightforward but slightly bumpy ride on Air NZ. Thirty minute ride in taxi bus to The Langham Hotel in the middle of the city. Informative driver made some good suggestions for self touring before we join our Scenic Tour group tomorrow evening. Fought with the hotel wifi connection for about thirty minutes before winning. Typical room for a 4/5 star international hotel - roomy but not extravagant. Gymnasium and outdoor heated 15m pool and spa pool.
Walked down to the harbour for dinner. Everything/one pretty laid back and casual. Quite a bit of youngish and more mature eye candy on parade but nothing over the top. Cunard liner Queen Victoria was in port - some ship.
Ate outdoors at a bar/restaurant called Degree. It was about 5 degrees too cool in the draft blowing off the harbour for my liking. An enjoyable and not overly expensive experience for everyone. Garry's seafood platter which consisted of raw tuna, green prawns, mussels, pippies (cooking on a hot rock plate) at the table was the talk of the night. Alongside us (outside the World Champions maritime museum) on a steel stand was the massive and ugly hull of the Kiwi challenger that was beaten by Connors' trimaran in the Americas Cup. About twice the size of other challengers. All a bit sad looking really. We have been told the museum is worth a look and may do so later.
Home on the courtesy bus and into bed quite early considering the time difference.