Landing in Auckland
07.03.2010 - 07.03.2010
After a really long 12 Hour flight, we landed in Auckland and our trip had officially begun.
I had a great experience at the Immigration in Auckland. After the boring "I don't care" officers in India, the scary "What the hell are you doing here?" officers in Hongkong and the all so serious "I'm here to do my job" officers in Korea, this was such a welcome change. The cutest female officer asked me what I was going to do in NZ. I said I'm backpacking. She gave me a few tips on where to stay and what to visit, stamped my passport and waved me off with a smile. I started loving NZ immediately.
We just had a few hours in Auckland before our bus to Rotorua. So we took the bus to the city (Thanks to Kiwi Experience, we didn't have to pay for the ticket). We got off on Queen's street - The main street in Auckland and roamed around. We went to the sky tower.
There were quite a few guys doing the sky jump - which is basically a guided bungee jump. Its guided because the jump is very close to the tower and you don't want to bump into it by accident. It didn't look so exciting so we decided to skip the jump and just visit the tower.
The entrance was quite costly but there was a discounted price for backpackers. And we were still wearing our backpacks so we didn't even have to show any papers and paid the discounted price straight away. The view from the tower was pretty good with a 360 degree view of the entire city of Auckland and its harbor.
The bus to Rotorua was right next to the sky tower so after a mini-meal, we loaded our bags onto the bus and we were off to Rotorua. It was a 3 hour journey and we reached around 11 30 in the night. Finding the backpacking hostel was quite an experience in the middle of the night.
Thankfully, New Zealand is one of the safest places to be in the whole world and after a bit of searching, we were able to locate the street and find the hostel. There was quite a party going on in the pub next door, but we decided to hit the sack early so that we could catch the Kiwi Experience bus in the morning.