It's something about flying into a city at night. It's almost calming. I don't feel like I have to worry about time or have a to-do list. I can relax until I get to my final destination, or so I thought.
The Skybus operates 24/7 and runs between Aukland Airport and the city for a fixed cost of $18. Considering I landed at 1:00 am, and the office was closed, I bought a ticket online. My lagging internet made the process so much more daunting than it needed to be. I then embarked on the one hour ride to the city center.
The next morning I had a great reminder of why I chose to stay at the Hilton. The breathtaking view reminds you of being on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. By far one of the best features of the hotel. Complimentary breakfast helps as well.
I being my trip with a few hours at the Aukland Art Gallery Toi O Tomaki. Then took a brisk walk in Albert Park. Next on the list was the Aukland Skytower. Below the tower was a makeshift market, selling clothes, hats, and other souvenirs. A quick walk over to the Aotea center proved to be a great experience.
The next day my first stop was the New Zealand Maritime Museum. After learning about the countries history. I went to the Viaduct Basin to admire the boats in the harbor. The downtown ferry building connects the city and other parts of Aukland. Although I missed out on the opportunity to visit Waiheke Island, it gives me something to look forward to on my return.