April 24, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand to Dallas, Texas
After Patsy left this morning, I repacked a few things, dropped my luggage off at the desk and headed out to catch the bus. There were a couple of stops which the bus didn’t make yesterday because of the Masters Games. Today, we did those stops, one of which had a great view across the harbor.
I hadn’t had any breakfast so I had lunch at the Auckland Military Museum. From there I got on the bus again and got off at Mt. Eden. Auckland is built on 4 volcano craters, and the one at Mt. Eden is about 100’ deep. The climb to the rim of the crater is quite steep, but I made it. You could walk all the way around the crater, and the 360 degree view from the rim of the crater was spectacular.
After boarding the bus again, I rode it to the Sky City Tower. This is similar to the Space Needle in Seattle. Again, the 360 degree view was spectacular. There were two things which I did not do at Sky City Tower. You could walk on the outer rim of the Tower some 63 stories above the ground. You wear a safety harness and are tethered to the structure. No, thank you. The other thing was a skyjump. They called it base jumping by wire. You get in a harness and jump from the 63rd story and float down to the ground.
I returned to the hotel from Sky City. As I was sitting waiting for my ride to the airport, there was a man talking to the concierge. He and his wife were supposed to have taken a 12:30 flight, and it was now 5:30. I don’t know if they thought it was a midnight flight when it was really a noon flight. Whatever, the reason, they had missed their flight. The concierge was working to see if he could get them a flight back to the US tonight. From the sounds of it, it was going to cost them a bundle of money.
I got to the airport, got my bags checked and went to the New Zealand Airlines lounge. I’m doing this blog and relaxing before my flight.