Moving to Auckland

akl skylineOn 6 January 2014 Allen & I left freezing temperatures in Annapolis for summertime in Auckland. Our flight from National (DCA) to AKL included a 12-hour layover at LAX. We were lucky to spend the day catching up with friends. We went to Venice Beach with Alana and then to dinner with Debbie & Jon before catching our red-eye. Having lost a day, we arrived at AKL bleary-eyed and exhausted at 6am on 8 Jan.

Our first few days in New Zealand were all business and getting the lay of the land so we could enjoy the rest of our year here. So far we like what we see!

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Dates: 6-12 Jan 2014 (we left DCA on the 6th and arrived AKL on the 8th)
Travel with: Allen
Weather: varies; rain & sun, 60-70s
Church: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic)

  • auckland central backpackers (2 nights in a dorm)
  • auckland city hotel – free bike rental
  • skycity hotel – upgraded from 2 twin beds to king! only hotel i’ve seen in akl with a bathtub


  • IEP (international exchange program) orientation
  • set up ASB bank account
  • auckland art museum (free)
  • hiked mt eden
  • bike to mission bay beach
  • walking viaduct harbour
  • shopping victoria park
  • britomart farmer’s market
  • backpacker bar crawl


  • countdown supermarket
  • food alley – portions big enough to share
  • naturals bake & coffee – my first flat white
  • kiwiburger at mcdonald’s

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