Day 1- Brisbane to Auckland

Welcome to my posts on my NZ cycle tour from Auckland to Wellington over 3 weeks fully loaded!

An early start saw us at the Brisbane international airport by 5:30am for the Virgin mandated 3hr before flight time check in.

All went very smoothly with the extra baggage purchased. Breakfast and a quick lap of duty free saw us off on time.

Arriving in to Auckland, I had a long wait at immigration due to my old passport in the slow line. Another further lengthy delay after customs confiscated the clean tent for 40mins.

We were greeted by a warm and sunny city much hotter than I’m currently accustomed. We took a shuttle bus to a relative of the companions.

Bike reassembly went well with no missing screws or extra parts. A few rubs and rattles will sort themselves out.

Finished off the evening with a lovely Italian meal at a local favourite. Then to the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival in the city centre.

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