The Queenstown airport is pretty small which is kind of odd since this is suppose to be one of NZ's prime tourist destinations. It felt like I was just at a local airport in the country. When I found our gate, there was no security there – I could have literally walked by the security checkpoint without being scanned…something tells me that wouldn't fly in the states. The security team finally showed up about 30 minutes before the plane was to take off, so we did eventually get scanned.
At first it was looking like our flight was going to be pretty light but a lot of people showed up about 20 minutes before the plane departed, so it ended up being a full flight. The plane ride itself was pretty good – a lot better then when I came to NZ. And with this plane ride I have traveled by car, air, boat and train all within NZ - quite a versatile country they have here. The flight only took us about 1.15 minutes to make it to Auckland, so not a long journey at all. Carol, the woman who let us stay at her house before, picked us up from the airport and took us back to her house, which is where I will be until we leave on Saturday.
Being back in Auckland definitely gives this vacation a winding down feeling, which is nice. We still have a few errands to run in Auckland but for the most part I am just going to relax and be stress free for the next few days. Stress is waiting for me with a vengeance when I get back to Samoa so no need to rush it. L8r.