We woke up at 07:00 to get the car packed up and head off on the road to Auckland.
We were in the car for a couple of hours and then stopped just past Hamilton where we met the family we met up with in Rotorua.
We checked out their place and had a drink and snack whilst chatting away. Lovely piece of land they have!
After a couple of hours, we got a move on and drove to Auckland, but not before a brief stop at a recommended ice cream shop where there were huge ice cream scoops!
We got back on the road for the remaining 45 minutes and headed to our hotel. Kim booked a nice hotel for us to lounge in for a couple of days before her parents leave the country. We got to the hotel and brought in everything from the car and we then checked in. When checking in, we were given a complimentary upgrade on each room, which was perfect!
We checked out the rooms and put our bags in and then jumped back in the car and went to Takapuna for some lunch. We stopped at Nam Nam first for a Banh Mi and then went to Tok Tok for a Vietnamese coffee.
Post lunch, we drove to our former apartment and got all of our bags and put them in our car.
We drove to the hotel again to drop our car off and then Kim and Tom took the rental car back as required.
We got back to the hotel and got some items packed and then all sat together and watched the film Unbreakable.
We left after watching the film to find some dinner.
We wanted a Japanese noodle box but our usual place was closed, so we kept walking. Kim noticed a hidden place that has delicous sounding Japanese food.
Once we found the entrance, it was beauitful and looked like Japan!
We ordered a smorgasbord of food, each of us getting chicken katsu curry but we got tempura prawns and chicken karage for the table. It was excellent Japanese food and very authentic.
We left here and walked back to our hotel, with a beautiful view of the city.
We got back to the hotel and headed right to bed.
– Mr & Mrs Hale