Posted October 13th, 2012, 07:45 PM
We are arriving in Auckland next January 24th and spending one night at the Waldorf Celestion before getting the car rental to go to the Bay of Islands for three nights. We will then go straight to the Solstice. But, we have time before our room is ready to do some exploring. We will be severely jet lagged so need something simple. Perhaps being led would be better but could pick and choose on the HOHO. The Grayline tour is fairly short 2-3 hours. What are the definite must sees in this short day? Usually we go out on our own but are not sure our brains will function.
Suggestions or should we reserve a day room and skip Auckland and sleep?
I would not miss the opportunity for at least a few hours touring about Auckland. The HO HO bus makes tripping around easy and even if you are a bit weary from your flight you can make the trip as long or as short as you like. Also a few hours of sunshine will help reset your body clock to local time which will help you relax into your adventure.
Auckland (and indeed New Zealand) is an easy place to enjoy travelling about as the city is geared towards welcoming tourists and the locals are generally welcoming and friendly.
Last year after our cruise we did a spin around town on the HO HO bus and spent quite a bit of time at the museum which has an excellent collection of Maori wood carving and artefacts. It was a great and relaxing way to spend a half day.
Jacinta & Robert
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