This day I started out with a nice English breakfast of course together with tee.
Remember that I booked that city tour? It wasn't confirmed that I was booked, but I went there anyway. I was very lucky because I was booked and I got my private tour around Auckland. My guide was called Damine and I want to award him to my best history teacher ever :).
The tour started at K-street, which was once upon a time was the Main Street. This change due to big highway they build next to it, making the price fall. The street turned to be a red light district and the new Main Street was changed to queen street.
After that we went over Auckland bridge, which in the beginning only had two lanes. Two young Indian engineering guys solved the problem by adding two extra lanes by adding it or the existing bridge. The bridge was still under dimension so to fix it they used concrete blocks they can move to create more lanes in one direction during the morning and change it to the afternoon when everyone is heading home. They had a special machine moving these blocks twice a day. Maybe a good solution to bring home to Sweden?
The tour continued to the harbor. Since NZ won Americans cup, the kiwi has been crazy about sailing and boats. There are so many boats in Auckland that they have big storage building filled with only boats, since they can't fit in the harbor. So if you want to take a fishing trip they take out the boat for you and pick it up when you are coming back.
Damien brought me to Auckland aquarium, where I saw penguins, seahorses and lots of other fishes.
The trip ended at the harbor and I wanted to go to one of the islands. The only option I had was Waiheke Island so I jumped on the ferry. When I got there I jumped on the bus and I didn't know where I was supposed to go. However, I met Danielle on the bus a happy girl from California, which a went with. She wanted to go to the wine yards and that's sounded very good. We had a bit of trouble where we should go off the bus and went off in the wrong place.
After a bit of walking we found the place. It was so beautiful! We saw the sun set behind the hills and the wine tasted so good. I got the same feeling if it were a Swedish summer. I thought I would miss the Swedish summer, but I can say I don't. We ended our trip with a very nice NZ dinner beside a fireplace and we ate lamb and pork. Yummy!
This was a great day!