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Honolulu and Auckland

rain 16 °C

Its been a while since I last made an entry.......no wireless access, but n ot to worry I will update now
I had a wonderfully relaxing time in Honolulu, I took adavantage of the great weather and the idyllic surroundings and spent most of the time just relaxing on the beach and sunning myself. The beaches are absolutely beautiful, the water crystal clear and so blue and I mus say relaxing to swim in....it is a long time since I spent so much time just relaxing and swimming on the beach, however I did feed my brain a little as well and do some reading, so I wasn't completely out of it! Waikiki beach is in some ways very similar to our beaches in Australia, albeit a little more crowded and you really just have to put your towell anywhere there is a littel space. While there is some surf at Waikiki the real keen surferes go further around the coast and I did venture to go to a look out and check it out, the surf there is way out of my swimming abilities not to mention the rugged terrain you have to traverse to get down to it.
I wasn't a complete beach bum I did some sight seeing which also involved doing a little mountain climbing up some fairly steep paths as well, once you got there though the views were well worth it and I have some great photo's to prove it and even though I have been on holidays for 7weeks my fitness levels are still there!!
There are plenty of shops for retail therapy in the waikiki area and they also boast the largest outdoor shopping centre in the world and on stuff outdoors the airport is kind outdoors as well...as you can imagine I was in my element while waiting for my flight, just watching the planes come and go and being able to hear the engines and smell the fumes as well, it was almost like being down on the tarmac, my sort of airport, not all glass and airconditioning...having said that Iam not sure what it would be like during a storm. Food in Honolulu was good and I did treat myself on my birthday and go to the only revolving restaurant, the food was great predominantly seafood, b ut with great views of the coast and city to complement it.
The flight to Auckland was good except I styarted off with no one sitting next to me thinking great be able to stretch and then this steand spoils it all stewardess comes up and spoils it all cause there is a couple with achild that they are giving an extra seat to.....dam it all.
Auckland is pretty and have been on a harbour cruise and been to Davenport and did some more trekking up the side of a cople of steep mountains and the view back toward Auckland, the coast and the harbour were just reward for myu efforts. Unfortunately the weather is doing the right thing and has been raining for most of today and I am having to get used to temps below 20 degrees, had to put my Jeans on for the first time since it rained in London OMG and hopeflluy the tan want faed to quickly!!

Posted by Brians RTW 15.09.2010 21:58 Archived in New Zealand Tagged harbours

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