We rent a car in an Avis office that is located in the middle of the city. We went to another company before going to Avis but they didn't allow us to drive and leave the car in the South Island.
We must e-mail Avis and tell them what day we have planned to cross to the South Island.
19 July 2017
Some friends from Auckland told me that one of the best places to have dinner in Auckland is the Sky Tower. The food is good and the views are awesome. It's a really fun way to see the city.
Just 30 kilometres away from central Auckland, the island of Tiritiri Matangi is one of the most successful conservation projects in the country.
Working with the Department of Conservation, volunteers eradicated all introduced pests from the island. Between 1984 and 1994, thousands more volunteers - many of them school children - came to plant around 300,000 native trees. Gradually, 11 species of threatened native birds have been released onto this restored island sanctuary, to join scores of more common varieties.
As you can see at the ferry ticket, you need to bring your own food because there aren't restaurants or bars there. Also in order to protect the island you need to clean your shoes. I highly recommend you to book a guided tour ($10/person).
18 July 2017
CITY LODGE BACKPACKER ACCOMODATION
Good location. Friendly staff. WiFi not free.
I arrived to New Zealand (NZ) at midnight. As I was exhausted by that time (it had been a really long day) and I was carrying a lot of luggage I decided to take a taxi. It takes around 25-30 minutes to get Auckland city from the airport and it cost me around $80.
Everyone travelling to New Zealand needs to fill out a form called NZ passenger arrival card. The stewardesses will provide you with it. Once you have filled out the card, keep a hold of it so you can hand it into Passport Control and Customs. Be honest, otherwise big fines can be given to you. If you are bringing used trekking boots they probably will make you to put them out of your suitcase to clean them. My boots were new but if yours weren't, they will direct you to a station where you will open your luggage and a representative will check the soles of your boots to make sure nothing is sticking to the boots. There is no line or waiting, it's very fast. Understandably, they are concerned about overseas travellers bringing anything that might harm their agricultural industry or the environment.