FYI, The trip is going to slow down considerably for the next few days. If you want you can skip ahead to Feb 22.
Joel apparently had a good time diving in the Poor Knights Island. I am trying to convince him to write a little something that I can post on the site.
I spent the day getting sun, visiting the town of Whangarei [pronounced Fen-gar-ey] which is a nice enough town. Had some lunch, sent some emails...nothing great.
I picked Joel up after his dive and we drove to Auckland....on a Friday night.....in traffic. We checked into our apartment in Ponsonby, a really cool section of the city with many cafes, restaurants and bars. Eating dinner was another matter. Most places were packed out solid and, as we did not organize a booking before hand, we were left with any place that had a table. We ended up at Bolliwood, where the food looked decent enough. Joel got to watch his first Bolliwood musical...for about 45 min at which point we still did not have a waiter take our order and promptly went next door, got take out burgers, some beer and went back to the apartment to eat. Being old and tired, we went to bed