|New Year's Day in the Museum|
We had a quiet New Year’s Eve just the 2 of us, dinner in, and the next day we went to the Auckland Museum across the road and booked ourselves in for the Maori Cultural experience. Mike reckons it was a bit like being Prince Phillip and the Queen watching the locals perform, but the best bit undoubtedly was the cultural tour afterwards which was done by one of the performers. He was quite young but very knowledgeable about Maori weapons etc, though it was a bit difficult to take him seriously as he was naked except for a grass skirt.
On the Monday we did a boat trip to Rangitoto Island. Mike’s been before so knew it would make a good day out. Caught the 9.15 ferry and started to walk round the coast in a clockwise direction past a few old batches built in the 1930s. From the boat the island looks as if it’s covered in undergrowth but in fact there are large areas of broken up
|Coming out of the caves|
|Pohutukawa tree growing on volcanic rock|
|Mike on the cinder track|
|Miniature litchen garden|
|Auckland skyline from the lava fields of Rangitoto|
Summer in January
Weather’s not good at the moment and the New Zealanders are saying it’s the worst Summer they’ve had in 10 years, so we find ourselves having to do more indoor things to keep us out of the rain. Tourist stuff like Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World. Loads of people there on a wet Sunday afternoon but the underwater tunnels are pretty impressive. Didn’t like the Antarctic penguin section much, not nearly cold or snowy enough I thought. I’ve got 4 shifts at the shop this week which I’m quite pleased about as it’ll keep me busy till the w/e when we’re off up North. We’ve also been quite sociable recently with dinner at Rita’s, followed swiftly by a trip to the Ponsonby Road with her son James bravely doing a gig on his own with guitar. Then on Friday evening we had our Kiwi neighbours round for drinks which was lovely.