|View from Devonport looking back at Auckland|
Just when you think New Zealand is a lot like home, you do something like order a chicken salad sandwich and get a couple slices of chicken accompanied by jam, a slice of hard-boiled egg, and a fistful of salad between two slices of bread. Or then you witness a dramatic Maori haka; or, best of all, stroll through a park in 75-degree sunshine with a refreshing breeze blowing in from the harbor and realize, "hey, it's December 31st!"
Today we spent the morning at the Auckland museum (where we saw the Maori performance) and in the afternoon took a ferry to Devonport, a town across the harbor from Auckland. There we walked to the top of a volcano and took far too many pictures of cute Victorian cottages. Now we’re back at our hotel, trying to stay awake so we can see the midnight fire works display at Sky Tower. Here’s to a happy new year!