Thursday, October 29, 2009

Auckland



I arrived in Auckland after a 6 hour (and very bumpy) flight to Los Angeles (there were a lot of white knuckles), a three hour layover in LAX, and a 12 hour flight across the Pacific. (After being in several airports in a little over a week, I realized that no matter what country you're in, airport employees are a perpetually angry and frustrated people.) It has been VERY windy here, and I hope the wind dies down, otherwise my flight to Takaka (the beginning of the Heaphy Track) may be canceled, which would royally suck. It's spring here, and the weather, despite it being incredibly windy, is very nice. Although, several times while walking around aimlessly, the near cloudless sky would immediately turn grey and begin raining. It's also quite hilly -- walking around for 6 to 8 hours makes for a serious workout. I have not encountered any surly carnivorous parrots ... yet.

5 comments:

  1. Are you going to do any hiking, biking, kyacking, climbing, zip line, bungie jumping, parasailing, atving, skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, wakeboarding, cliff diving, snorkling, scuba diving, horse riding, rollerblading, tree climbing, tennis, volleyball, 4X4ing, repelling, spelunking, gliding, kite boarding, sailing, mudding, fishing, segwaying, running...
    Just wondering.

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  2. i think you forgot a few, mainly surfing. camping, and hunting. damn that has to be a hell of a trip. has an amazing time out there and do some stupid but fun stuff

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  3. As far as sport/outdoor activities go, I did a day hike on a dormant volcano, some mountaineering, and a 4 day 3 night tramp (hiking + camping) on the south island. Originally I planned the hike to be 6 days, then 5, but ended up doing it in 4. My feet are a bit blistered and sore at the moment.

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  4. No pics of the Heaphy track? How was it?

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  5. I have WAY too many pictures plus video of the Heaphy track, it may take a bit to sort them out. The track was amazing.

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