We arrived at 6:30am to an overcast, misty morning. I thought the flight felt about five hours shorter than it was, Brian assured me that it didn’t. We picked up our rental car, with Brian taking the wheel and the risks of driving on the left side of the road. Then we traveled to our first Airbnb property of the trip – The Grey Lynn Garden Retreat.

Our first lodging choice was this one-room sleep-out with a brand-new modern bathroom. It’s in the garden behind the owner’s home. It’s very cute, cozy and perfect for our first four days in New Zealand.

After dropping off our luggage and meeting our host, Mick, we walked two minutes to Cafe O. After flying from Saturday to Monday, a mocha, two farm-fresh eggs and sourdough toast had me feeling back to normal. Yum!

In an effort to get on a new schedule, we kept moving after breakfast. We walked from our neighborhood to downtown Auckland. We went up in the Sky Tower. At the top, we tried two local Coca Cola drinks – a ginger beer and an L & P. The latter of which Brian said could only be compared to Pledge.

After a nap, we took showers and planned what we are going to do tomorrow. We strolled around the grocery store — one of my favorite things to do abroad — and  headed to dinner at Prego. We sat outside and enjoyed a delicious, Italian meal. Their bread was heavenly. My cucumber, tomato, feta, and parsley salad was the perfect compliment to the cheesy, garlic polenta. The adventure continues tomorrow.

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