Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Joko Goes to New Zealand - One Tree Hill

My wonderful layover in Rarotonga at an end, I arrived in Auckland early on the morning of the 26th of December. I had left 3 hours earlier on the 24th. 2017 will be remembered by me as the year when the Dateline stole Christmas. 

At my overpriced, airport hotel I got my first glimpse of an actual kiwi. These birds were a lot bigger than I expected! 

There were a few things I needed to pick up before I went to meet my sister and her family. A convenience store near the hotel had what I wanted.
Just as one would likely find in the USA, the store was staffed by Southern Asians, and they had that distinctive New Zealander drawl. 

Once I had my awesome Ninja 250 motorcycle rented, my goal was the Coramandel Peninsula, which would have only taken a couple hours to get to on the main highway.
The view from atop One Tree Hill
But I had the whole day, so I took in some of Auckland's sights (One Tree Hill) and took the scenic route along the coast. I had to get directions along the way. 

I was quick to appreciate the motorbike. I'm ruined for scooters forever, I think. Having the power of a bigger bike under one while swerving along mountain roads, yeah, a little bike may never do it for me again. 


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, for your entries and videos. I enjoy what you post. I feel badly that you didn't get to celebrate Christmas, but even so, I feel I need to say... Merry Christmas!... and Happy New Year! Blessings, Lynn



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