New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Nine: All Good Things…

After the most amazing twenty-eight days of travel I’ve ever done, it was time for me to head home. I spent the morning finishing up the repacking of my overstuffed bags. I didn’t have to return the car until 1 PM, so I headed over to One Tree Hill, a place I’d visited almost a week earlier as I passed through Auckland on my way north.

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The  scene on top of One Tree Hill had changed significantly from the Queen’s Day chaos I’d experienced. This morning, I practically had the top of the hill and it’s commanding views to myself.

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Auckland Skyline

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Ready to head home

I really loved the views from One Tree Hill. It was the perfect place to get a feel for Auckland. Perfect views of many of the other volcanic cones that are so much a part of Auckland’s geography and one of the best views of the city’s skyline.

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I’d debated the night before on whether to spend my remaining time at the Auckland Museum or the Auckland Zoo. I’d decided on the zoo. Alas, it wasn’t to be. When I reached the exit on the motorway for the zoo, I found that many Kiwis had the same idea I had for this splendid Saturday. The line of cars was backed up over half a kilometer, and with my time restrictions, I knew this wasn’t going to happen. It was too far to head back to the Auckland Museum, so instead, I headed the car toward the rental agency to return it.

I’m glad I did return the car early, because when I got to the airport, I found out that my bag were both over the 50 pound weight limit. I spent the extra hour deciding what was going to be able to make the trip home.

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The flight to San Francisco was a pleasure aboard Air New Zealand, easily the best airline I have ever flown. I’d booked this flight with 8 hours in San Francisco, since it is one of my favorite cities. I was too tired to really get much out of the visit, other than a long drive from the airport out to Hawk’s Hill in the Marin Headlands for one of my favorite city views ever, and a bite to eat with one of my favorite people and blogger/podcast legend Chris Christensen.

I arrived home the next morning, after the red-eye flight, exhausted, exhilarated  and happy to be back with my wife and furry kids. For a little insight on how I felt that day- read the barely coherent post “Was It All A Dream?” that I wrote that afternoon.

I’ll be finishing this series with a few summary posts.

 

NEXT: New Zealand Idiot Photos

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4 Responses to “New Zealand- Chapter Twenty-Nine: All Good Things…”

  1. Great job, Erik. Great pics. Good stories.

    Look forward to your upcoming European adventures.

    • Erik says:

      Thanks, Kate. It’s been a labor of love finishing this.

      Hopefully the European adventure doesn’t take over 9 months to finish telling 🙂

  2. snowbird says:

    How sad you must have been heading home. I have really enjoyed travelling with you and have a much better understanding of NZ now. I love those elevated pics.xxxxx

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