First, I promise not to blog about every day in Auckland in this much detail! I just wanted to write down some of our first experiences so I can remember!
Justin and I are safe and sound in Auckland! We left Dallas at 6:40 pm on Saturday and landed in LA at 8 pm. In LA, we had to exit the airport and walk to the terminal for Air New Zealand. We had two hours until our next flight and we needed every minute of it. We ended up getting our Air New Zealand tickets, made it through security and had only a few minutes to grab some food before boarding. The flight from LA to New Zealand was 12 hours but was not as bad as we expected. Air New Zealand service was excellent and the plane was very nice. We upgraded to the skycouch which was well worth the $350. We arrived in Auckland at 8 am to a waiting corporate cab that took us directly to our apartment.
We settled in quickly, unpacking and showering in a few hours. Our apartment is a 1 bedroom with a large balcony and a nice view of the sky tower. We explored the city in the afternoon. We found my office which is a short 5-10 minute walk from our temporary housing. The only problem is it is straight down hill to my office which means straight up hill on the way home. We ate lunch at a take away sushi bar before heading back home for a nap. After our nap, we set out to find a grocery store or market. We found a small (read maybe 5 aisles with no "normal" food) market and bought some breakfast and lunch essentials. We were concerned that perhaps Kiwi's are skinny b/c there is no food to eat in the country! But seriously, we were worried we would not be able to find any familiar food for a decent price!
We were able to skype with my parents (2x) and Justin's mom and grandmom which helped me to feel a little closer than 7,000 miles from home. We called it an early night and turned in at 9:30 after struggling to stay awake while watching our sling box.