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03.11.2019 On hold in Auckland. We are in New Zealand, and we are just so excited to start pedalling the islands! However, the Kiwi cycling adventure is taking some time to begin. We will only be able to hit the road after our parcel with 20 kg of luggage will have arrived. It had not made it to the Auckland post office by Friday and the place is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, so we are now obliged to extend our stay to five or six nights – or maybe even more!? At the moment our bikes are still in their boxes, as we were thinking about travelling a little further south by bus first, but we will probably scrap that idea, reassemble them in the next few days and start from here as soon as we have our sleeping bags and stove. Passing unexpected extra days in Auckland is not hard though, as there are many things to see and do. In the past three days we have been roaming about in the streets and visited the waterfront, participated in a guided tour, climbed the dead volcano Mount Eden, walked along a beach and taken a ferry across Shoal Bay to look at Auckland's skyline from the water. We have talked to local cyclists to pick up some tips and had a chance encounter with a Girl Guiding group – 'guide' being the official term for a female scout. We have also had the chance to meet up with two people Addy got to know during his journey through South America: Auckland local Lynda as well as Gato from Argentina, who is currently working here. Lynda is a very experienced and passionate long-distance cyclist and provided us with plenty of expert advice on which routes to take in NZ. And our little chat with her has made us even more eager to finally get going! #scoutbound #auckland #heartofthecity #wynyard #takapuna #takapunabeach #beach #skyline #newzealand #neuseeland #warmshowers #couchsurfing #camping #scouts #dpsg #velo #tour #cycling #biketouring #cyclinglife #adventure #lessborderslessvisa

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