• Auckland Zoo - Gangnam Style - Auckland Fish Market - New Zealand - Day 5

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    Visited Auckland Zoo, did the gangnam style and ate at the Auckland Fish Market. Our sad last day in New Zealand.

    It rained on our last day! I interpret it as New Zealand crying because we are leaving, HAHA! Morning started with a light drizzle of rain, then it down poured like crazy! It ruined our trip to the zoo. Didn't want to get drenched.

    After she suggested we go shopping, I cringed and quickly mentioned the Auckland fish market. Saved! It worked, she agreed. Quickly drove to the market before she changes her mind. She's notorious at it.

    Auckland fish market had some nice restaurants surrounding it. Although the fish cocktails we ordered wasn't the best I have ever had, it wasn't a slouch either. Tasted great. After eating, the rain stopped! Oh my Christ! I was so happy, it just meant we can walk outside and not stay indoors for the rest of the day. On to our next New Zealand adventure.

    Auckland Zoo is very big, it wasn't as packed. Maybe because it was on a weekday and it just rained cats and dogs. There was still rain, but sprinkles. We got to see some really endangered species at 3:44! Sadly we didn't see the Kiwi bird, there were children in there and they were so loud. Apparently noise scares Kiwis. That was disappointing. Other than that, it turned out to be a really good day. It's great to see the Auckland Zoo, recommended.
    After that we returned our hired car and got driven to the Auckland International airport.

    Met a very interesting fellow who migrated to New Zealand 15 years ago. He was quite adamant about how bad the public transport is in New Zealand. Noting that there are so many cars on the road. He also stated that the population of New Zealand is booming at a high rate. So the public transport has to be really prioritized by the government.

    We said goodbye to our driver and checked in. Very sad to leave New Zealand, it's such a beautiful country and we had heaps of fun.
    Goodbye New Zealand, hope to see you again soon.

    Thanks for watching and travel safe guys!

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