From New Plymouth we drove another few hours north to Auckland – the largest city in New Zealand. The first evening we just sat and enjoyed the sunset from our balcony. We got some great photos as well!
The next morning we headed up to Mount Wellington which is this giant crater from an old volcano. It is basically a hill with a large crater in the middle. It was awesome to see! All I could think of was that the crater would be an awesome place to toboggan down. The site was sectioned off to stop people out from damaging it.
From the top of the hill we got a great view of the city, including one of the larger buildings in Auckland – the sky tower.
That afternoon we checked in to our hotel (one of the nicer ones that we ended up staying at) and then walked down the the botanical gardens. The botanical gardens in Auckland was inside a large park where lots of people were out jogging, playing cricket and just hanging out. The actual botanical gardens was inside a building on the south side of the park. There were many different plants, and one of my favourites was the biggest lily pad that I had ever seen.
That was pretty much it for our first day in Auckland. We prepared to do a boat cruise to Waiheke for the next day!