Twig Adventures

Day 0: Auckland bonus

December 2nd.

Auckland Harbor Waterfront to Mt Eden

Mileage: 6 kms

I didn’t want to stay in the hostel all afternoon, knowing I would just get really tired and want to go to bed early, further putting me off this new schedule. What’s a great cure for jet lag? Walking! How convenient that the TA goes right through the city, following the urban and historic Coast to Coast path. The isthmus here is only 9 km wide (narrowest part of the country), thus it’s possible to walk from one harbor to the other in one day. I didn’t figure I’d make it the whole way but why not knock out a few kms, especially during such gorgeous weather. What a great idea a little bit of slack-packing turned out to be. There were so many grand sites, I could not list them all. But a few highlights were the views from Mt Eden, walking through the botanical green houses in Auckland Domain, watching players on the cricket fields, and seeing lots of Tui’s, a popular native bird. A first for me, I walked through a “fernery”-basically a garden of just ferns. Only in NZ. The vibe of this beautiful city on a summer weekend, so close to the holidays, was captivating. It was almost too much for my senses. I was so exhausted, it was great to take a city bus back to the CBD (my plan all along). While I only did about 6 km of the TA, my watch says I did about 12 miles all day. This has been one of the longest days in my life but I feel great! This geo marker at the top of Mt Eden shows just how far I’ve gone since leaving Miami.

One comment

  1. Great that the weather is good and you are feeling good from the start. Thanks for the nice Christmas card.

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