We’re here! Posted on April 11, 2007 by kw217 We’re here! Stepping out of the car at my parents’ place felt likestepping into a tropical rainforest – everything was so green andmoist and colourful. We’ve had a lovely couple of days so far in Auckland. On our firstday we went to Mission Bay, and Aidan played with seaweed on the beachand made a nest for some pigeons. Megan chased the pigeons and walkedalong the sea wall, and the rest of us chatted. Nan and Grandad are keen to play lots with the kids, so today wassimilar – we went to climb some trees in Cornwall Park, a big parkgifted to the city by one of the founders of Auckland. The historywasn’t so important to the kids, but the gnarly trees and rock wallswere a big draw. The fine icecreams went down pretty well too. Auckland is very sunny, but it didn’t betray its reputation for suddenchange. Yesterday on the motorway it went from brilliant sunshine tosix inches (150mm) of water in less than five minutes! It slowlyreturned to its previous condition, but not before causing at leastone accident just before rush hour. Tomorrow we’ll go to Muriwai, a wild ocean beach in the WaitakereRanges near where The Piano was filmed. Rock scrambling, gannets,geology, and a picnic should keep us all well occupied.