NZ Day 1 – Sydney to Auckland to Coromandel

Hi everyone.

It has been a pretty huge few days! I’ll begin from when I left work yesterday. Left early at approximately 3 which was nice after what was a pretty heavy day at work. Following this, I finished packing my bag and then we left around 6pm. After what was a pretty average drive to Sydney, we arrived and stayed at the Ibis Budget in Mascot – right near the domestic terminal. I like staying here and have done it a few time because its basic, cheap and close-by to the airport. There is also a McDonalds, KFC and Krispy Kreme right next door which we definitely indulged in. Since I have been on a diet for the last 6 weeks, I have not eaten any shit food, until tonight. I smashed a massive big mac meal which was awesome and then ordered an original glazed from Krispy Kreme, which as they cook them fresh, old lady gave us all a free original glazed warm and right off the production line, that was mad. I felt pretty haggard after eating all that shit though.

We rolled back into the room which was tiny. There were two single beds and a double. Aimee and I will generally enjoy a single bed each because we like that freedom, howevere, Bec and Lorant wanted them so we settled for the double. I tell ya, this night was about the worst shit sleep I’ve ever had. It was so fuckin hot, I was deadset dying. Woke up about every hour and aw man, just ratshit.
Woke up about 6:30 to get ready, I pretty much just laid there though. Bec drove the car to the Blue Emu parking which is pretty good value (like $100 for 8 days?) not bad at all. Then we got an Uber from the Blue Emu carpark to the International terminal. I really love Uber. It is so much more convenient and almost always friendlier drivers that shitty taxi’s – also cheaper! They need to be everywhere. Our driver Darren was a funny man.

The airport was pretty classic to be honest. Had a Sumo Salad for breakfast (weird right?) but it was pretty excellent. We ended up boarding at around 9:10 for our flight from SYD-AKL. We flew Air New Zealand but as the plane was undergoign scheduled maintenance they rented a plane from a company called “HiAir” and the plane was about 50 years old. Pretty dogshit to be honest and they didnt have on demand entertainment. We pre-loaded some netflix on the iPad though and started watching “Dark” which is a pretty cool German series. Enjoyed the first few episodes before the flight was over. Another problem with the flight is that we were surrounding by fucking annoying screaming kids – every time. So shit. My Bose noise cancelling headphones fixed that up though. Also Lorant was mad flirting with this Tranny who had the biggest hands ever.

“The girl of my dreams”

Anyway we got to Auckland and rented a car. I decided to call her Daphne. I’ll post a picture of Daphne in the next blog because I didn’t get a chance to take one today. Anyway, she is a pretty sweet SUV, dunno abut the make and all that shit. I drove directly to where we are currently staying which is a place called “SeaBreeze holiday park”. The drive was really nice for the most part. New Zealand north island is extremely green. The whole thing is made up of pasture after pasture with dairy cows everywhere. Its actually quite scenic and lovely. The place we are staying at is pretty haggard though. We have little cabins next to each other and theyre just a bit shit. Not that we will be here for long though.

There is a brewery and restaurant at the park we are staying at which is pretty nice. We stopped in and had some dinner here. I ordered corn fritters and some buffalo wings. The corn fritters were pretty excellent and the buffalo wings were good too but fuckin hell they were spicy. I also ordered a tasting platter of beers – 5 different lagers. Some were good, some weren’t. One of them was peaches and cream flavoured beer, it was pretty pus.

After this we decided to go down to Hot Water Beach. It is about a 10 minute driver from where we are staying. As I had been drinking, Lorant drove. It is a really nice beach that have caves and rocks on one side and crashing waves and beautifully coloured water on the other. When it is low-tide at the beach (we missed it by about 2 hours) due to a natural phenomenon you can dig a hole in the sand and it fills with hot water and you can enjoy a nice warm bath. We walked up and down it and I put my feet in the water which was nice. As we were leaving we caught the sunset which was really beautiful.

We were about to head home and I heard some music coming from down in the valley so we decided to follow our ears and we came across a way cooler place where there are a shitload of people staying and a band was playing. They were also selling hot macadamias and Tacos from a van. We chilled here for a bit which was super laid back and cool. I bought some ice cream which had lollies in it that tasted nice and AImee had a “pinky bar” which is a chocolate covered pink marshmallow bar with caramel. She said it was good.

Anyway, we came home from that and have just settled in. Somebody is smoking some weed nearby though – I can smell it! New Zealand seems to have a pretty laid back feel to in which is different from Australia – and I like that. It is tough to explain and you really have to experience it. Anyway, we have a really long day tomorrow and a very early start so I’ll let you go and let you all know how tomorrow went, tomorrow night.

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