One of my recent flights was a 6 day trip to Sydney and Auckland. It’s been a while since I’ve done a multi-sector trip (I think the last one must have been Rio – Buenos Aires back in September) so I was a bit apprehensive. The Aussie sectors are always very tiring and it’s easy to get jet-lagged.
After a 14 hour flight we arrived in beautiful sunny Sydney! My Grandparents and Aunty and Uncle live in Australia, so when I saw I would be going to Sydney I knew I had to meet up with them. My cousin flew in from Melbourne (where she is at university) and Granny and Aunty Mary were waiting for us, then we drove home to see my Grandpa as well.
It’s become a little tradition to go for afternoon tea, and seeing as it had also been Granny’s 92nd birthday a few days prior, we had something to celebrate! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get many pictures, as I had not slept in quite a while and was feeling a little bit exhausted! Nevertheless I had a lovely day catching up with everyone and it was well worth the lack of sleep! Thanks so much for having me 🙂
The next morning we were up bright and early for the flight to Auckland. It’s only around 2,5 hours and the Auckland sectors are usually not full in business class, so it’s a nice and easy flight. I’ve only ever been to Auckland once before, so I had big plans to get out and see the city and more this time!
After we arrived at the hotel we were all starving, so a few of us went out for some dinner down by the harbour.
The sun was just beginning to set and the water looked so pretty! We managed to find a bar just in time for happy hour, and then walked around a bit more and found a different bar which gave us a special happy hour of our own as we were cabin crew! 😉
After a night slightly longer than planned, I was up early the next morning to meet one the girls from first class to go and explore. We wanted to see Waiheke Island, which is about a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland.
We stopped off for a quick coffee before boarding the ferry (is it just me, or is the coffee in Australia & NZ so much better than the rest of the world?!) to get to the island.
We walked up to a little village called Oneroa, which had absolutely picturesque views over the cliffs and beach.
We continued walking all along the cliff path, and just couldn’t get over how breathtaking the view was! We must have stopped for photos every few metres 😉
Gradually we reached an area of the path that lead us down to the beach. We ended up climbing down a rather treacherous and rocky path – it was that or a rope ladder!
Once we were on the beach we walked along to another stretch of practically private beach. We had to get on some spiky rocks to do this but it was so worth it once we were round the other side!
The sand actually looked stripy, which was very cool!
We slowly made our way back to the ferry terminal, stopping only for some delicious freshly made ice cream. Our wake up call was looming, so we hopped back on the ferry in the beautiful sunshine.
A trip to Waiheke Island is so worth it if you’re ever in Auckland – it’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer and visit some of the wineries that the island is famous for!
Before we knew it we were back in Sydney. And another trip to the beach was in order – this time for some sunbathing!
We got on the bus to head down to Bondi Beach, where we managed to meet up with quite a few of the other crew. I made sure to cover myself in suncream (although I did miss a couple of spots and had to suffer from peeling skin the next few days!) as the sun was beating down.
I did venture into the sea, but the waves were pretty rough (great for all of the surfers!) and it was actually pretty chilly, so I didn’t go in past my thighs!
We decided to have some lunch overlooking the beach, and found a nice little restaurant not too far away. Walking along the sand was so hot that my toes got blisters on the bottom!
After lunch we headed back to the hotel to try and get a little bit of sleep before the long overnight flight home. Only stopping for some pictures at the famous Bondi Icebergs! Next time I’m there I’d like to do some lengths in the pools.
Once back at the hotel, sleep wasn’t happening so I popped out to the supermarket to find some Aussie wine! (Which I won’t be drinking for a while as I’ve given up alcohol for Lent…3 weeks down, 3 to go!)
I actually really enjoyed this multi-sector, although I did have to sleep away the whole day once I was back in Dubai to get over the jet lag!
Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I also had a 6 day trip to Brisbane and Auckland, and I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday to Zanzibar, and tomorrow I’m off again to explore Jordan! Stay tuned for more blog posts coming asap 🙂