New Zealand February 1999  
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 Banks Peninsula 04 March
 
We had to head back to Christchurch to drop off the rental car and catch our flight to Auckland, so we drove north along the eastcoast. In Timaru we stopped at Caroline Bay but the weather was not good for beach life (overcast) and we hit the road again. Because we didn't wanted to go to Christchurch and drive back to the Banks Peninsula, we left the main road early and headed east. Over some narrow, unclassified roads we finally reached the Peninsula - we knew we are on the right track as we reached the hills .. :) The road follows Birdlings Flat - a smaller inlet / harbour - we thought we had already reached Akaroa Harbour .. but we were wrong. On the way some nice sights rewarded us for the drive above all the hills. Before we reached Akaroa we followed the shore of Akaroa Harbour for a while. The town of Akaroa is set in a nice surrounding at the Akaroa Harbour and it seems to be a great place for relaxing. We missed the harbour / dolphin cruise just for a few minutes but never mind, we already did a lot of cruises. We had lunch at the beach before we drove back to Christchurch along Lyttleton Harbour. In Christchurch we saw some places we remembered from our last trip to New Zealand like Cathedral Square, New Regent Street, Hagley Park .. We dropped of the car and they delivered us to the airport, where we caught the flight to Auckland.

 Auckland 05 March
 
We stayed the night in the City Backpacker Hotel, a nice new backpacker accommodation. We spent the last day of our trip to NZ in Auckland. We walked through Downtown Auckland and did some shopping (souvenirs). Of course we also had some time for sightseeing. We went to the Skytower for some views high above Auckland. From there we could see Mt. Eden, One Tree Hill, Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto Island and many sailing boats. In the afternoon we joined a harbour cruise with stops at Devonport and Rangitoto Island. We had enough time for a walk on the island and to have a close look at the volcanic rocks. On the way back we had a nice skyline view. In the evening we caught a bus to the airport because we had to fly back to Germany.
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