First day in Auckland: I arrived at 6am in the dark and checked into my room at 9. After resisting sleep I wandered down through Myers Park with its palms and play area I saw Queen Street and its many, many sushi and Chinese restaurants. I found a SIM card for my mobile and then the pretty Vulcan St. I ate lunch in Aotea Square amid wholesome skateboarders and smiling office workers. I ducked into the Britomart station, saw the ferries to Waiheke and Daveport and noted ice cream. The New World Supermarket off Queen St was a nice find – everything else seemed to be a convenience store, a cafe or a sushi restaurant !