“Is de intocht al geweest?”

Ah yes, Sinterklaas is who we thought of while we roamed the streets of Auckland where a 15 meter tall Santa statue had just been erected.

It was pretty clear this particular Santa had been ‘coming to town’ for many, many years and he was in need of some fresh paint. For the rest of Auckland though, this was already in process: Everywhere we looked buildings were being restored and stations were being built. That is why we decided to climb a minor inactive volcano to get a bird’s-eye view of the city that contains roughly 30% of all NZ inhabitants.

The morning after, we picked up our campervan, which we nicknamed Tony: we are ready to hit the road!

The only thing missing to really make this the season to be jolly is some good oldfashioned peppernuts

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