Finally in Auckland, in another Chinese-run internet cafe - they seem to be cornering the market over here. I have checked into another of the ultra-modern Base Backpackers hostels, like the one in Wellington this one has only been open a week. I am now doing my washing, and will be getting drunk tonight even though I have to get a coach at 8:15 tomorrow morning, but it is the end of the Kiwi Experience trip.

I don’t know that I will have much time to explore Auckland, but everyone who has been there says it is rubbish. My first impression is that it is very spread out, holding only around 1.5 million people but being twice the size of London. It is claimed that it is the 4th largest city in the world in terms of area. It has a harbour and it also has a sky tower, built to give the place a landmark and looking like a phallic hypodermic syringe, if such a thing is possible.

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