26.08.2016 - 30.08.2016
We left Australia on 26th August and have returned to New Zealand. There's a huge chunk of this blog missing but we'll come back and sort that out at a later date! We've updated our Australia travel map to include our NZ trip so far.
Coming back to New Zealand was a little strange as we visited two of Australia's biggest cities beforehand (Melbourne and Sydney) and somehow adjusted to the busier pace of city life, rows of shops and cafes, and crowds of people. It meant that Auckland felt somewhat tiny and very quiet in comparison! Upon landing we faced terrible weather (wind, rain, and visibility heavily reduced by mist). Despite the flash floods in Sydney we left on a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and the ability to prance around in a t-shirt. However the weather in NZ has improved and we've had some sunshine and clear skies since.
We spent a couple of days in central Auckland before collecting our car and heading northwards. We're currently exploring the Northlands area - basically the most northern part of the mainland, a fairly narrow leg of land jutting north-west from Auckland. We are enjoying having the car back and look forward to exploring more of the country!