Most of my day off in Auckland was spend running around getting little jobs done. My only rest was in the form of a room I shared with 3 young girls that spend most of their night out drinking. With jobs done and stomach satisfied with Thai and Indian food I was ready to have my feet hit the pavement.
It was 8am when I started my urban hike through the city of Auckland. It was a Saturday morning. I shared the quiet streets with people on their way to play sport and the parklands with runners and people walking their dogs.
The trail passed some of Auckland cities tourist areas like Mt Eden and One Tree hill. Both are several kilometers from the centre of town which for most people is too far. I carried almost no food or water in my lightweight 6kg backpack so I sped through the city much faster than expected.
Below, photo of Auckland skyline from Mt Eden.
A quick stop for lunch and a snack here and there and I was in the international terminal of Auckland airport. The trail passes right next to the terminal. I had planned to sleep in a quiet spot in the departure terminal but I arrived here at 4pm with legs that felt like they could carry me so much further.
Below, 10am photo.
I’ve slept in airport terminals all around the world. Not the glamorous life you might associate with traveling but if you wonder how I travel for so long, its because I manage my budget very frugally. In fact, the most common question I get asked is how I can afford to travel for so long. Sleeping in airports rather than airport hotels can save money.
Below, wandering through the airport terminal
Would you sleep in an airport, or have you slept in an airport?
I sat in the international terminal charging my phone listening to all the visitors talking about their holidays. I heard the latest stock tips on the Australian Stock Exchange and what food people missed from home but I felt I should not sleep here tonight and i should try and make some more miles.
The trail routed through suburban sprawl and farmland. The planes were very close overhead as the sun was setting. I found a spot of parkland several kilometers away just as the sun was setting. With no sign to tell me otherwise, I say up my tent.