17.11.2011 - 22.11.2011
We made it to Auckland safe and sound, now 12 hours ahead of England which was a strange feeling at first. On our first night we met up with Omar, a friend from Sheffield, and went for dinner on the Quays. A tad expensive but the wine and food was delicious. In Auckland we went to see the museum of Auckland which was huge, and went to see a Maori performance . The Maori dancing and the Haka were pretty aggressive and intimidating. If anyone has seen the rugby team do the Haka they will know what i mean. We then took some pictures of ourselves with the rugby world cup, I had to say its very small and didn’t look so mighty on the stand. That evening we went to see the rugby match Australia v Wales, where Australia won and Rosie ate a Kiwi McDonalds burger (angus burger with beetroot and an egg) We learnt how New Zealanders are big fans of Wales, and they have kind of adopted them as there second team. In Auckland we also caught the ferry over to Rangitoto Island to visit the 600 year old volcanoes and hike up to the summit. It was quite a windy and cold day but once we were walking off came the jackets. It was a steep climb on rubble encrusted lava. The view on the summit gave us 360 view of Auckland and the Haurak Gulf. The day wasn’t so clear so the pictures failed to capture the beauty. After our walk what else but an ice cream, valentine Hokki Pokki was the choice (honeycomb and toffee)
Sunday the day of the rugby world cup final wooooo the atmosphere was incredible....thousands and thousands of people filled the streets of Auckland. We watched the match in a nice bar since it was pretty cold outside. What a match, so happy that NZ won....we really got into it and felt almost proud by the end of it haha! Then back out into the streets where we saw fireworks and even more people littering onto the streets....probably the busiest and craziest Auckland city has ever seen. If this was England there would have been riot vans and maybe a few fires haha! It was really nice to see though, everyone was so happy and the spirits high. children in their family cars were waving the flags, cars beeping in unison, it truly was inspiring to be here at this time. 2011 world champions!
The next day we went to Kiwi Day Out where we watched some singers that we had never heard of, nice sunny day for it though. and then headed down to the central of Auckland to see the rugby players tour through the city streets. The atmosphere was brilliant but i couldn’t see a thing....short arsss isnt great for this, although a radomer offered for me to go on his shoulder, i kindly declined.