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Auckland … Part 1

New Zealand …

For me, this country means the Lord of the Rings since the trilogy was filmed there. It was just like an outrages adventure. My friend and I booked the ticket not more than 2 months earlier, applied for the visa and then almost forget about it due to assignment and exam period! So, there we go!

Nov 22nd, 2011 was our departure date. Qantas took us to Melbourne and then Auckland. Touch down in the biggest city in NZ in the afternoon, it reminded us of Adelaide. The city with about 1.3 million population was very quiet and beautiful. But it was also a cold spring for us who landed from sunny Adelaide.

We headed to Weymouth, almost 20km from Auckland CBD, to meet my CS friend and spent 4 nights there. At the same time, there was a couple from French who spent 2 nights there as well. Thus, they got a room while we got a lounge. Not bad at all.

The next morning, we traveled to the city. The bus/train fare is quite expensive there. It’s based on stages; each stage is approx. 5 km. So, we bought a daily ticket for NZD 15. The ticket was valid for bus, train and ferry to Davenport (or Devonport … yaaa whatever lah!).

We catch the bus from Britomart Train Station to our first destination. It was the famous Mission Bay. I had no idea what is it famous for. Compare to Glenelg in Adelaide Suburban, I love Glenelg more. But hey, it was an adventure. We walked along the beach for a while. FYI, there is a café named Mecca in Mission Bay. Then, we walked up hill to see the Mission Bay neighborhood. Wow, this area is such a great place to live. Those houses were nice, the surrounding was quiet, and the view was spectacular. After enjoying those luxury houses, we walked down the hill. Following an NZ friend suggestion, we bought ‘Movenpick’ ice cream. Delicious ice cream and the bay view were absolutely brilliant idea to enjoy a chilly-sunny afternoon.

We got back to the city to catch a ferry to Davenport. It was 15 minutes sailing before we reached another quiet but beautiful area, Davenport. From here, we could see Auckland downtown and its skyscrapers including the Sky City Tower which is the highest building in the southern hemisphere. Just don’t forget to visit a chocolate factory here. When we walked in the shop, the smell of chocolate was a temptation for our empty stomach. We got one small bar of free chocolate. We didn’t buy anything, so we just hanging around another part of Davenport. In contrast to Adelaide where mostly the road is flat, here almost everything is hilly. So, it was exhausted to go around the city by foot.

Auckland … A view from Davenport!

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This is a blog about my journey, my story, and my "curhat". "Laisya : A New Hope" is inspired by "Star Wars IV : A New Hope". (I love Star Wars Saga :D). This is my new blog to replace "Laisya and Her World". Well, actually I made this blog long time ago, before I made "Laisya and Her World". However, for certain reason, I have to leave "Laisya and Her World" and start this new (but old) blog :)

More about me??

Now, I live in Jakarta but I'll always love Bandung as my hometown. I used to live in Adelaide, South Australia for two years due to my study (master degree). I like reading, swimming, watching movies, and travelling. I have a dream to visit all interesting places in this planet. I hope my dream will come true someday. Am I a dreamer? Maybe, but why not?? Sometimes I envy TV reporters whom travel around the world for free, and they were paid. Gee, that is a Dream Job! :D Daydream? Yeaah, whatever lah :P.

Too many "dream" words here, maybe I actually should put "Laisya and Her Dream" as a blog title :D.

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