^rad^'s adventures in New Zealand
11th to 14th of June 2006
This is a short trip for work, nothing exciting, and I was travelling with other people, so photo opportunities were minimal.
Although New Zealand is the closest country to Australia, it still effectively takes a full day to get there once you factor in time differences.
This is taken from the transfer bus between terminals at Sydney airport, they drive you right around the airport past all the parked planes, and through a hanger..I was pretty excited.
Heres the line for immigration at Sydney airport, the airport was totally overwhelmed with people on a Sunday morning.
People were sitting on the floor eating overpriced sandwhiches. There were 4 flights leaving for China in the space of an hour, a flight to the Phillipines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Dubai, and 2 to New Zealand including mine.
This is the duty free shopping area in the departure lounge, its quite large but they didnt have anything interesting.
Heres a plane going to the Phillipines, I couldnt help but feel every plane was going some place far more interesting than me.
This ones going to Guangzhao, every single person getting on board has the maximum duty free allowance of cigarettes.
The flight from Sydney to Auckland left at about lunch time, and gets you to Auckland at about 4:30pm. due to the time difference of 2 hours.
Welcome to New Zealand
Auckland airport is quite nice, especially when you get to immigration and theres a line just for Australians, in New Zealand, its good to feel special.
This is the last picture of a plane I promise, its my plane looking through the window in Auckland airport. The plane was older than me I think.
This is driving into the city in a taxi, note the skycity tower, the highest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The interesting thing about driving from Auckland airport into the city is you follow a whole heap of tiny streets to get there, theres a motorway but according to the signs this isnt the best way to go.
My hotel is a Rydges, a worldwide brand, it looks impressive enough from the outside, and the location was superb. The rooms however were from the 70's, lots of blue plastic. The bathroom seems to have been transplanted from a nursing home, complete with a seat in the shower and pulleys suspended from the roof on chains to pull yourself up from various locations in the bathroom. I thought maybe I had got a special room but my workmates told me their rooms were the same.
This is Queen Street, the most happening street in Auckland....not much is happening
The Southern Cross tower - you can go up here to a restaurant, but rumor has it the food is crap. More impressive is you can bungee jump off of it, but I dont think anyone was due to high winds...more on that later.
Some sort of a Church, I perched my camera on a rubbish bin to take this shot, to show my true feelings of religion
This is the bay area, hence the ship, some sort of a large fishing trawler. It was so cold I suspect there may have been icebergs.
Looking back at the city from the port
The next day, the power went out...not just in our hotel, not just in our street, not just in a city of 1.5 million people, but pretty much the whole entire country!
The flight home meant getting up at about 3am Australian time, I was amazed when they actually supplied a hot breakfast, I didnt think Qantas did this anymore.