Our camp site last night was so awful (bad, bad trailer park) that we both needed to get back to something a little more life affirming, preferably with good wine and a decent restaurant!
We escape early and have breakfast by the sea at 7:30.
We pick up a new - Bigger - van tomorrow so decided to head for Auckland, as it's close to van land and we could spend the day seeing everything we missed before.
Morning was spent in the botanical gardens looking at native plants. I've been logging all the wild plants I recognise from home and I'm sure they don't belong here.
There was a great exhibition by Joanna Fieldes
Unnamed garden sculpture.
It was fascinating and sooo civilised. Plus good ice cream!
The afternoon was taken up with the Auckland War Memorial museum, interesting and frightening in equal measure. I spent a long time looking at colonial stuff and pacific island stuff,
but then I found the serious stuff.
Geology, reading about volcanos. I now know we need to leave NZ right now, it could go at any moment and we don't stand a chance!!
Had to find a good bar in which to calm down, I can recommend the local rose.
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