We drove from Rotorua up to Aukland, again enjoying the gorgeous scenery (and the damp weather).
We saw a blue sign offering conveniences, and took a rest stop
... yep, that's a building in the shape of a sheep. But what we needed was in the building next door
... the sheep dog.
Our travel agent had booked us into a hotel in central Aukland.
Apparently the "hippest" hotel in Aukland, with our names already on the TV screen when we arrived in our room on the 18th floor.
There was a little tiny (unsafe feeling!) balcony
With great views of the Auk's Land - wet, windy and all that.
After the rest of New Zealand, Aukland really is just another big city. They took our car, for a fee of $25, and put it in the hotel somewhere. So we went for a walk and had a takeaway dinner.