38mm, surf, beef, sprinkler
26.10.2012 - 26.10.2012 20 °C
With a busy day ahead we had aimed to leave Orewa at 9am, as all the locals advise travel before then is dreadful. As it was, saying goodbye to Carrie, making use of their wifi and enjoying a nice breakfast, we didnt head off South to Auckland until 10. Nat had to do an Indiana Jones leaving Andy's as our way of leaving their house secure was to close the automatic garage door from inside and make it out through the ever narrowing gap.
It took no time to get to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, only built in 1959, and to enjoy some of the magnificent views of the city it provides. There are only 4 million people in N.Z. and they have the largest number of boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Our aim this morning is to park the beauty and head up the Sky Tower. Sadly the very top Sky Deck is closed for renovation so we can only go up to the main Observation Deck. Nevertheless the panoramic views it provides are breathtaking and from some 50 odd floors up you can see just how surrounded this city is by water. Lots and lots of water. We place all our trust in 38mm of glass floor.
Lunch is planned at 12.30 over in Point Chevalier (Point Chev to the locals) with Maza and Richard and their little boy Tyler. Dottie has been looking forward to seeing Tyler for a few days and instantly enjoys time with him, whilst we are treated to authentic Persian cuisine courtesy of Maza's mum who is fully in charge of the kitchen. Maza is in charge of the Pimms (oops....there goes my navigator for the drive to Raglan later). Dottie and Tyler get soaked in the sprinkler and have a cuddle as we leave. Too little time.
Neil told us to get out of Auckland by 2.30 and we are at 3.15 before we head off. We hit traffic and spend half an hour queuing at the one car per red light entry to State Highway 1......although the road itself was pretty empty. We are going to struggle to meet our appointment with Neil at the Harbour View Hotel at 5pm at this rate. We follow Neil's instructions and but still find ourselves an hour late, the scenery and forced photo stops down into Raglan don't help. Sometimes the views are typically English, other times tropical with palms. It's all very green
The Harbour View Hotel supplies us with cold beers on our arrival. A nice spot.
Driving out to Neil and Paulas batch we pass the main surfing beach at Ngaranui and are wowwed by the sheer vastness and number of breakers coming in.
Beef stew and a good catch up over a few beers and the day is done. You can't beat the time spent with friends and family