The time has finally come. Kayla and I made it into Auckland, New Zealand this morning - myself flying in from San Francisco while she flew in from LA. The plane ride was long and tiring, but every sense of exhaustion vanished the moment my feet touched New Zealand soil.
If I tried to explain the beauty that this country holds it would come out as an understatment. I've been here for a total of ten hours and I'm already in love with just the corner of what I have seen. I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe this is happening!
Kayla and I arrived at our first hostel, Dream Homes - Auckland City, located at 1133 A Dominion Rd, where we were greeted by the lovely couple that runs the place. We were welcomed with open arms and given a wonderful cup of tea, or two cups if you're me and have an addiction to the stuff.
The best part about this hostel, apart from it's homeish feel and it's wonderful ora, is the fact that it's simply a 2km walk away from the "New World" grocery store, where food in good and very affordable.
While shopping for some last minute food items before heading up North to the beginning of Te Araroa, it was safe to say that we were noticably the odd ones out. Halfway through the shopping trip, I realized it was because we were walking on the right side of the aisle. A normal thing to do in North America as we drive on the right side of the street, but here in New Zealand - it's a left sided adventure.
So here we are, accidentally bumping into people wondering why it was happening, only to realize that it was our doing. Not theirs.
So sorry, eh. We're just a bit Canadian.
Tomorrow we will leave Auckland, heading north to Kaitaia. If all goes as planned, the day after we will head to Cape Reinga to begin the hike!