Just in case anybody missed it: I am back home! And I have been for a while now. It took several weeks to fully settle in, but by now I have my unemployment benefit and my health insurance back, got my Australian tax refund, my Australian superannuation refund and my package with excess baggage that I had shipped by sea which took a good 2 months.
Everything is running it’s course and I am currently in the process of getting everything ready for university.
It is a long journey home from Auckland. 2 12-hour flights from Auckland to Seoul and Seoul to Frankfurt, then ~ 2.5 hours of driving back to Erkelenz.
For my last 2 days I had booked a free relocation car form Wellington City to Auckland Airport. All I had to pay was petrol and optional insurance. Better safe than sorry I chose the full insurance with zero costs in case of any damage to the car.
I had booked 6 nights in Wellington which gave me 5 full days. After the 15 days Contiki plus the long journey from Christchurch back to Wellington I was happy to mostly chill and relax. Also I had gotten a bad cold in the last days. With a blocked nose I could not enjoy food or drinks.
Vicky and I checked in at the Around The World Backpackers. It turned out to be a small but very nice hostel.
I helped Vicky getting her trip to Kaikoura and back organized, booked a taxi for the next morning at 6.10 am and then we walked to the next supermarket to buy a few things for dinner. Getting there took us a while, especially because we ran into a fence and had to walk around a block because of that, thanks to the earthquakes. Eventually we managed to get there, buy a few things and walk back.
The south island of New Zealand is absolutely amazing, too!
Again, I’ll try to keep this post as short as possible, but it will be massive nevertheless. My Contiki trip is packed with fun experiences.
The north island of New Zealand is absolutely amazing!
I’ll try to keep this post as short as possible, but it will be massive nevertheless. My Contiki trip is packed with fun experiences.
The flight from Melbourne to Auckland was 3.5 hours plus 2 hours time difference, so I landed around 3 pm.
My kiwi mobile number for the next 4 weeks is +64 221 87 42 97.
My previous aussie number is as of now unreachable.
Time-wise I probably couldn’t be more ahead of the rest of the world: UTC + 12 hours. That makes 10 hours difference to Germany at the moment.