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We could have been in a street market anywhere, Seoul, Bangkok, Munich, Kyoto, even Rome! Imagine… street vendors everywhere – sizzling hot riddles, flame-throwing barbecues, steaming woks, a eclectic mix of food smells hitting the back of your throat…
If you were transported here out of the nowhere, you would immediately recognise things were “same same but different”, as the Thai’s say. The honky tonk band blasting country and western music from one corner, the wide range of Kiwi, Chinese, Thai, Indian, English, Eastern European, and  Japanese accents reverberating in the air, even add in a sensory overload of colourful stands and food types.

Where were we? In an underground car park in Auckland’s North Shore – pardon? Yup, in a car park underneath Westfield Shopping Centre in Glenfield on The North Shore, at Auckland’s weekly night market.
We starved ourselves especially, expectantly hoping for some good food. Our landlord told us the food was as cheaps as chips (chups if you’re a kiwi, right?), and the finest quality. He was right. We had chicken satay, Thai curry, octopus, crab, some Japanese ball- like things (see pics above), and a tart! The food was VERY cheap – 5 dollars for a green Thai curry, £2.50 (ish) for you poms out there… Amazing value, particularly for Auckland.
The place was busy when we arrived, but very quickly became jam-packed and bustling with people. It kind of reminded me of a street market in Thailand, but with some Auckland class chipped in to refine it somewhat.
I’m not a great foodie, and don’t know half the foods being sold, but have a look at the pics above and let me know what you think.
Again, Auckland, thank you – you’re a fine city, full of many pleasant surprises.
See you next week? Mine’s an octopus kebab please…

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Tomorrow we are hoofing our way to Wellington, to catch the interisland ferry to the South Island, as we are going to Nelson for a week’s holiday. Excited? Oh yeah.

Auckland is great, but we are country folk (see my earlier posting) so getting out into the sticks will, I am sure, seem like we are returning home — a place to feel whole again.

Anyone who has been to New Zealand knows that it’s not as little as looks on the map, probably because it has it’s big sister, Australia, leaning over it’s shoulder. The distance from Auckland to Wellington is about 400 miles, so it should take about 8 hours of solid driving (see here). Hence, we’ve got quite a trek tomorrow…

We are catching the ferry from Wellington at 8:25am (ish) on Saturday morning, and we need to be there an hour before the ferry departs. We’ve asked lots of friends for advice on what route to take and where to stop. As a result we have decided to leave Auckland at noon, and then hoof it to Lake Taupo, which lies in the middle(ish) of the North Island here. This should take 3 to 4 hours, and should allow us to catch some of the scenery it offers before the sun sets (see here for an idea of what Lake Taupo offers). We will then have an evening meal and then get back on the road to Wellington for our next leg from Auckland to Wellington…

The Lake Taupo to Wellington leg, is the bit we will be doing in the dark and on a Friday night when all the nutters will be about, or least we have been warned, so we will be driving particularly carefully for this leg. The other hazard will be the desert road, which sometimes closes in winter with snow. We will check the AA website before we leave, and will take an alternative route if necessay.

Then, we will drive to one of the beaches outside Wellington and sleep in a car park before catching the inter islander ferry in the morning. The ferry journey is supposed to be out of this world. We will let you know… (UPDATE: we are hearing it could be choppy out in The Cook Strait thisweekend).

So that’s THE plan. Any tips appreciated, we’ve not really travelled far outside of Auckland, so we really haven’t a clue what to expect.

I love to plan (… holidays, my planning skills seem to be lacking elsewhere), and here is my MASTER plan for our week in the Nelson area (see below, I will try and correct the orientation issue). Myself, and Mrs. E, and The Spaniel will have a fab time I am sure. Expect radio silence for a week, and then lots of blog posts on our adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALLY Ho!,*cue my best middle England Brit accent (with a bit of Lancashire/Cumbria chipped in)*