In Auckland, we disembarked where I bid my farewells to a few people before walking to the hostel. Well, the hostel was a shock. Once I had checked in, I stepped foot into this dodgy lift to the fourth floor, went inside a room full of people, where I felt slightly overwhelmed. I chatted to some people who invited me out on the pub crawl. After a quick shower and change with a glass in my hand, I joined the others: a few Irish, English and French. We moved down to the pub, where we were given a drink. We went to three other bars, chatted and danced. There were also games in the different bars, where I got involved with one. The bars were on top with tunes playing throughout the night.
Four of us were given a banana to shake with a step-o-monitor where we shook them for 60 seconds. It was all a bit of fun and the best, and surprising part was that I won. I WON. My prize was a free Stray North Journey pass. Unfortunately, I had a full pass with them so later on I found out it was non-refundable or transferable. Therefore, it was a waste for me and I couldn’t use it.
A couple of us walked through Albert park at night before I headed to bed.
With a bit of a lie-in, I rose from my bed to sort some things out and explore the city. There wasn’t as much as I thought to do in Auckland. I walked along the Viaduct (the harbour) with views of islands in the distance and the city. I wandered around, looking at the Sky tower, Art gallery, shops and art area.
By mid-afternoon, my stomach was churning so I treated myself to a Dominos as it was only $5. After I met a friend, who I met while I was doing my orientation in Thailand, and she lives in Auckland. We went for coffee and caught up on our lives since we last saw each other.
Back at the hostel, I bumped into some people who encouraged me to join them for a Halloween evening. I hung out with them in the toilet while they put on Halloween make-up. One guy from New Zealand had previously been a make-up artist at a spooky house so he was incredible talented making the group look awesome. I just had a small, bloody slash on the side of my face.
Downstairs in the bar area, we joined the party, meeting some more people, drinking and dancing to some tunes. I decided not to go to bed too late as I had to get up early for the start of my tour and I totally didn’t want to miss the bus.