I’m still in Auckland, and I still don’t have my bike, but I’ve spoke with the shippers, customs, quarantine, and the automobile association, and I think I have everything lined up so that I won’t be wasting time once the boat arrives…that is if I understood all their instructions correctly.
So here’s a bit more from my longer than desired stay in Auckland.
When I was in Byron Bay a couple weeks back, there were a bunch of people on the streets collecting money for the Sea Shepherd (I remember seeing a show about it a few years back on, I believe, the discovery channel). It’s the ship that goes around making life hell for whaling boats.
They happened to be docked in Auckland, right in front of the Hilton.
Scattered around the city, you’ll find some volcanoes…and when I say some, I don’t mean two or three…there are 53. But don’t worry, the last time one erupted was 600 years ago…or the geological equivalent to last night.
Here’s one example…they don’t look all that threatening.
This is the crater of Mount Eden, the highest peak in the Auckland area, and just a short walk from downtown. It’s a pretty drastically different look from the craters I got used to seeing in Indonesia.