|Paradise on earth|
First impressions of the place are the lack of an air of hostility, Auckland the capital doesn't have the feel of London, I never felt the need to be on my guard or watch my back at any time, at roughly 1 million people living in the area of the city though, the place doesn't feel overcrowded (or squalid, ghettoized, dirty, tribal etc) and outside of the city all you have are a series of what are essentially small towns which remind me a little of the USA having one main street where all the shops are and you just park where you want to go.
Yep, parking in New Zealand other than Auckland, they don't charge, they limit your time, but are relaxed about that too.
The scenery is incredible, the people friendly and whilst they have their problems, they are nothing like the scale of the UK's self inflicted ones. People are patriotic and love their country and the true evils of socialism are limited to a few lunatics whilst the system itself is far more like the looking after each other that socialism ought to have aimed for.
|Yes they have a volcano on their doorstep|
|The Capital Auckland from one of the ferries serving the city.|
Anyway, wish me luck, I may need it, but the reward is going to be immense...