AucklandMonday 20th Sep 04

Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
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Trip End May 22, 2005


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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Today I managed to gate crash a free city tour; it covered most of the main landmarks in Auckland. Mont Eden was spectacular; the views were amazing it's almost a 360 view of the city. It was hard to believe that I was standing on a volcano. I had seen some of the places we visited, but it was good to hear the history and facts behind them.
We also went to bastion Point which was surrounded by beautifully kept gardens; it's strange the flora and fauna is so similar to the UK'S, but then you see a tropical plant and realises how different the climates are, even though it has rained nearly every day so far. I arrived back at base at about 3pm met up with Mo and headed to the sky tower, I think it is the largest free standing building in the southern hemisphere., absolutely hated it-I think it has something to do with my fear of highs!. The lift goes up the outside of the building and it has a glass window, I looked at the floor a lot. Mo was a great support and if I kept my eye on the horizon I was ok, I even made it up to the barrier. We headed up there at about 5.30pm so that we could get photos in the day and at dusk. The sunset was beautiful even if it was the wrong way round, you could see for miles around. While we were up there, the sky was very clear a few fluffy white clouds, but then a big rain cloud came in and you could see it creeping over the city it was very eerie.
That's one thing that I have notice about this country, the sky is so different, the sun rises and sets the wrong way round and the stars are completely different it, strange not being able to see the north star. The water drains down the plug the wrong way as well. But enough of things going the wrong way at least they drive on the right side of the road.
Just to let you know there are mad people who jump off of the sky tower, they put you in a jump suit and connect you to two guide wires and then you jump off-madness complete madness.
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