With its 1.4 million people, Auckland is the largest urban area in New Zealand, and where I’ve been spending the last week or so. It’s a pretty nice and fairly clean city. It also feels quite safe, although I witnessed a massive street fight with perhaps twenty people involved in the late hours this weekend. Most of them were Maori (and let me tell you, them guys are massive!). But coming from the Norwegian town called Hamar, I’m no stranger to seeing those kind of episodes. If you feel safe in Hamar on a Saturday night, you’d feel safe here in Auckland 🙂 Here are a couple of photos from downtown, all very peaceful.
It’s been a nice and chill week, just taking in the impressions and getting to know the city a bit. A Gloria Jean’s downtown has become my favourite location to enjoy a good cup of cappucino.
The hostel I’ve been staying at here, the Station Backpackers, has proven to be a pleasant place. Met a lot of nice people here, so been spending a great deal of time hanging out with them. Our room reminds of a submarine with its narrow passage though, but still gets thumbs up from Martin von Deutschland here 😉
And the kitchen can sometimes get quite crowded with everyone cooking their dinner, but we manage 🙂
What’s also great about the Station Backpackers, is that it’s located close to the Auckland Domain, a rather large park/ forest. Very inviting for putting in some physical training, so during my stay here I’ve been to the park nearly every day for either running or body weight exercises (push ups, pull ups etc). Can’t sit around drinking cappucinos all day you know 😉
In the photo below you can spot the landmark of Auckland in the distance, the Sky Tower, standing 328 meters tall.
Eivind has now returned from Norway, and we’re ready and excited to explore more of New Zealand 🙂