I made it to Auckland, New Zealand after a 14-hour flight. The first thing I noticed when I got here was the weather for one thing, but it was kind of hard to make a fair judgment on a “New Zealand Winter” as it was 5 AM. It was cool and there had previously been rain this morning. – Note: some of the people hear are wearing big parkas like the one I would where in -40 C weather that we have in our Canadian winters. I understand that there are some mountains here and have seen some people checking skis etc. onto checked baggage. Still, I know that it is not short weather like it is in Canada, but I could get used to a weather like this… I think today is supposed to be high of 15 C.
The flight from Vancouver was good, but long. On the upside, I got to watch The Avengers, The Big Bang Theory and listened to a lot of music. The flight attendants were wonderful and I loved the Air New Zealand outfits. (Insert picture).
Upon arrival, customs and security were a breeze which was a good thing! Then I walked from the international terminal to the domestic flight terminal, and it wasn’t too hard to find – all I had to do was follow a green line painted on the ground marking the route!
When I walked into both terminals actually, other than seeing Duty Free Shops, I saw McDonalds – it really is everywhere. However I passed on this for breakfast as their menu was a lot smaller than it’s Canadian version.
I have noticed and am a bit surprised that for several things like pop, chips, candy and coffee, even McDonalds, the prices seem really high – on average $2 more than in Canada. I realize that I am in an airport right now, but I wasn’t about to pay $4.50 for a Coke. This is due to the cost of living here in New Zealand, which is higher than in Canada, in terms of expenses and wages.
So once again I am killing time at an airport, 2.5 hours out of my 7-hour lay over for a 30-minute flight! I am doing some reading, some reflecting, watching the Olympics on TV – note to self, be careful whom you cheer for. When the New Zealand athletes win a metal, the other passengers waiting for flights erupt in applause! I also, as when I was in Vancouver and on the plane to Auckland, enjoy listening to the different languages being spoken around me. I don’t yet understand New Zealand’s culture, history or languages very well yet, but I am sure I will gain understanding.
Regardless, it is a beautiful thing – hearing young children speak fluently to their parents in a language other than English.
– My flight to Auckland was one of Air New Zealand’s larger planes, and my flight to Hamilton was on one of the smallest charter planes: I still got some great photos though!