Friday, April 13, 2012

Days 59-61: Waiheke Island to Takapuna

Beautiful Waiheke!

Monday and Tuesday were very tough days.  We had to work oh so hard at being on vacation on Waiheke Island!!!  Ed and his two boys were excellent hosts and kept us well fed and showed us around the island.  We enjoyed the beach, saw the beautiful views, relaxed in the hammocks, listened to music, drank lots of wine, and even played some cricket!  It was a perfect way to avoid the crazy Auckland roads and get in some relaxation time at the same time.

By Wednesday, we had made a new plan, which was to get up to Cape Reinga early, in order to be back in Kerikeri on the 21st, so that we could participate in a bike race on the Saturday.  So, to be able to get that done, we had to leave paradise a bit early to have enough time to get to Cape Reinga and back by then.  So we spent Wednesday morning relaxing at Ed's place, and then we rode out to catch the ferry back to Auckland, and landed on the northern side of the city, where we met our next Couch Surfing host, Tomas!  Tomas is one of the Ambassadors for CS Auckland, and he was going to a CS meeting that night in town.  So we finally got a chance to go out for a night and meet some other Couch Surfers.  Our trip has revolved around Couch Surfing so much, but we had yet to make it to one of the meetings...well, besides the one we attempted to go to in Wellington, but we couldn't find any of them!  So we had a nice night out in Auckland, where we met tons of CSers, and even got to play some jumbo jenga!  But we had to call it an early night, because we had to ride again the next morning...

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