21.01.2010 - 24.01.2010 22 °C
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So we ended up staying in Raglan at Raglan Backpackers for three nights, definitely the best hostel we've been to yet (awesome people, very relaxed atmosphere, fun town, hammocks and hot tubs, etc.). We went surfing on Friday and Saturday at Ngaranui Beach which was a lot of fun. Day one I used a giant soft-top board which was difficult NOT to stand up on it was so big. Day two I was on a more normal sized longboard which was actually more fun, just meant a bit more work to get up. The surf was pretty good with about 4-6 foot waves but a lot of wind meant that waves were going in all directions. We also cooked some great meals (steak one night, pasta another and homemade hamburgers on another night) and enjoyed a nice game of (free) golf. Apparently in NZ nobody cares if you are on the course after 5 pm (except the sheep, there were hundreds of them, thats how they keep the grass short). We also got to see some Canadian live music at the "Yot Club" one night (Jay Spector... never really heard of them) as well as spending time at the Harbor View Hotel Pub.
Sunday morning we woke up and headed back to Auckland to bungee jump off the harbor bridge at 1:30. Unreal! It's pretty terrifying the moment that you jump headfirst off a bridge 45m above the water. It was awesome because we had a 2 for 1 voucher, making it a pretty cheap trip. The guy before us was there after his stag the night before and they decided to dunk him about 4 feet into the water... haha. After that we spent some time exploring downtown Auckland and finally returned to the Zink's for some delicious Thai food. To make our stay with the Zink's complete, Peter took us each for a ride around Auckland on his BMW motorcycle (sorry mom... he's a good driver, I promise!) which was really really awesome, especially coming back into Auckland at night over the Harbor Bridge.
We are headed to Piha Beach now to watch some the the junior surf competition before heading on an overnight bus to Wellington and to commence our traveling on the South Island. That's all for now!