Arriving jet lagged at 7 a.m. after a 27-hour journey, we were nevertheless determined to make the most of our first day in Auckland. After quickly unpacking at the hotel the morning was spent wandering along Queens Street, the main shopping area. Lunch was a good local New Zealand dish: green-lipped mussels washed down with a New Zealand beer. We then decided, on the recommendation of the tour guide, to take the ferry from Auckland harbour to Devonport. In spite of the strange flora the town had a distinctly English flavour and we noticed immediately how friendly the people were. On returning to Auckland it was decided that an early night was in order.