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Day 79: Monday 20th May 2013

Auckland, hair cuts, sky tower and pizza routlette

semi-overcast 20 °C

We woke up having slept in a real bed for then first time in ages. It was so comfy, we could have slept for hours. Instead we got up early to head into auckland and make the most of our final day.

As our host had recommended we headed down to the ferry terminal to take the ferry into the city. It was, thankfully, a beautiful day, the sky was blue and the sun was out. So we stopped for coffee at the ferry cafe whilst we waited to take in the sites. The ferry wasn't a large boat, it could carry about 30 people, which meant we were much closer to the action. It took us out over the water towards the city. Delivering great views of the coastline and city along the 30min ride. We exited and headed up the much famed queen street, doing the tourist thing and enjoying some souvenir shopping, and taking in the sites of the big city.

One of our jobs to do today was to find a hair cut, as both of us were looking worse for wear. Me more than Sarah, if my hair was blue I might have been mistaken copying Marge Simpson. We found a giant student academy where I could get mine done for £5 and Sarah a little more. It did however, involve some cringe worthy learning experiences for the young hairdresser, the iconic moment was when she nearly clipped my hair without a guard on the blade, meaning I would have looked like shreks love child. But all well that ends well as the teacher finished the job, and it turned out to be a rather splendid cut. Sarah had a slightly less scary time, as her student was pretty advanced.

Walking out and feeling a million dollars, well nearly, we headed to the sky tower, to do the tourist thing. You may remember Sarah is afraid of heights but, this had been remarkably improved with some of the height based adventures we have had. Se went to top and enjoyed great views over auckland, seeing all of the surrounding city and ocean. The water giving a great feeling of space. They had glass bottom floors and lifts as well, which weren't for the feint hearted. Sarah scared, but still managed to look. Only the bungy jumper falling past the window gave a fright. As they do bungy jumps from the tower apparently it wasn't that unusual.

After the jump we headed for a quick snack in one of the boutique restaurants/cafes. The soup was great, the service terrible, but that didn't bother us. Quickly we got back into touring the city, stopping to look at bits and bobs on route. Before jumping on the ferry home, enjoying the views from the other direction.

Once at home, we unpacked and started to sort some of the van out. Before our friend returned from work with pizza and DVD. It's was great fun, we finished showing them our photo shoot from our travels whilst eating the pizza, which in itself is note worthy. It was a roulette pizza, one slice is spiked with mega hot chilli sauce. With a glass of milk at the ready, we tucked in. It came to the final two slices, which me and our friends son ate simultaneously. Neither of us both any chilli on the first bite. Then one the second, I felt a burning, and sure enough, it got hotter and hotter. Normally it's worth saying I have never had chilli sauce which has claimed to be mega hot that I was that impressed with. But this was hot. Still I thought manageable for another bite. But before I took the plunge I dipped my finger in the sauce and out it on my tongue, which immediately set fire, my mouth felt blistered and proceeded to forget he next few hours. Pretty intense stuff and a lucky escape, the last bite must have been luckily not too saturated in sauce.

After the photos we sat down and watched a film, the intouchables, a true story, in French subtitles. It was very moving and well worth a watch. We chatted long into the night , and said our goodbyes. They had been wonderful hosts and made our last two days in New Zealand very special.

Posted by Jolley-Jarvis 05:03 Archived in New Zealand

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