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First Stop: Auckland

Seattle Departure: November 14, 2011. After a long grueling flight of 35 hours, with a very long, tedious lay over in Los Angeles, Brad arrived in Auckland, NZ via Quantas Airlines.

From the photographs I've seen Auckland looks like a beautiful city, and like our Pacific coast cities, one of many boats. It is sometimes called the City of Sails. In fact, there are two harbours in the Auckland urban area. One is Waitemata Harbour to the north, which opens east to the Hauraki Gulf, and Manukau Harbour to the south, which opens west to the Tasman Sea. Auckland is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with 1,354,900 residents, 31 percent of the country's population. Auckland boasts mild temperatures, many volcanoes, many cultures, and the economic center of the nation.

New Zealand's two major islands, North Island and South Island, will be Brad's world for the next five months as he hikes the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga, northern most tip, to Southland, to the south.

Brad's time in NZ is 21 hours ahead of us. So, today, Friday December 2, is Saturday, Dec. 3 for him.

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