Hello, welcome to my adventure! I'm not best writer, so I will let my photos do most of the talking for me, with some backstories where necessary. Hope you enjoy! I will release a new one every few days, so be sure to subscribe!
I flew out of Portland on Dec 7 and landed in Auckland on Dec 9th at 10pm. I had some issues with my original Airbnb host not being able to let me in, so as I was boarding my flight from my layover in Honolulu I had to find a last minute Airbnb, take a verification photo, take a photo of my ID and wait until they accepted it. I was extremely lucky and got an instant response from Lesley! She was incredible! Served me a GF breakfast, gave a ton of good local tips, invited me over for a barbie with a couple of their friends! They also drove me to my bus station for petrol $! Truly a warm welcome to their beautiful country (and gave hope from the first guy that flaked on me...talk about stressful!)
Leslie's home was on the other side of the Auckland bay, in a small town of Bayswater. I took a walk over to the quant town of Devonport, had some lunch, and caught the 5 minute ferry over to downtown Auckland!
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After I took the ferry over I explored a bit of Auckland. First off- The thai food is incredible and plentiful in Auckland. Since there are alot of Asian immigrants, it is very authentic as well. I did enjoy Albert park - with the gigantic trees that would shade me from the intense sun and heat that can run rampant here in the summertime.
I finished off bayswater with a killer sunset over the city: