Finding our feet in Auckland

We’ve been in New Zealand for just over a week and we’re starting to get a sense of the city that will be our home for the next few months.

Our entry into the country wasn’t completely smooth… landing at 11am following a 10.5 hour flight, we failed to declare that Rob was carrying walking boots. These are a prohibited item due to the (potentially diseased) British soil they would bring in under foot. Thankfully the incident wasn’t as bad as it could have been and we entered with a stern warning.

We’ve been staying with our friends from home who moved out here 18 months ago. They have been generously showing us the Auckland hot-spots and sharing some cultural & language differences to be aware of, such as:

  • Wine names are shortened to simply ‘sav’ or ‘cab sav’
  • Introducing us to the NZ new version of Ant & Dec – Jono & Ben at Ten
  • In business cliché talk, it’s ‘thinking outside the square’
    Feel free to add you own pointers below

The added bonus is that they live in a gorgeous spot with a beach at the end of the road. The bay is also around the corner from one of the city’s ‘hippest strips’ of Ponsonby Road, which reminds us of Clarendon Park in Leicester. Auckland beach 1

I’ve also been doing some window shopping in some of the many Auckland clothes boutiques. Luckily sizes are the same as the UK, unfortunately (as with food) most things seem more expensive, perhaps due to the strength of the NZ dollar.

Rob was clearly missing office life so much that he’s already started a short-term contract this week. I have been meeting with recruitment agencies to try to find a comms contract. The meetings have all been positive but nothing has come up just yet. I’ve been warned that NZ ‘shuts down’ over Christmas for their summer holiday, so I have a fairly short window to find work.

Auckland beach 2

I have been writing my first reviews for our friend’s ents website Keeping Up with NZ and discovered a new favourite cinema in the process. This week, we’ve been to see 20 Feet from Stardom: a documentary about backing singers and Michael Caine’s new film, Mr Morgan’s Last Love. They are both released in NZ at the end of Nov, so ‘watch this space’ 😉 for reviews. Tonight, we’re off to an art exhibition opening and a musical – so it has been a brilliant introduction to the city’s cultural scene.

This weekend we are moving to a stay with a family & their two cats 🙂 in their harbour-side apartment, which should be a good spot to see the Tall Ships from during this weekend’s festival.

It’s a long weekend for Labour Day (a celebration of Kiwi’s introducing the 40 hr working week!) so we’re off to explore Waiheke island. 

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