We arrived in Auckland at 5PM on April 3rd. It was a 3 hour flight from Nadi airport on Air New Zealand that we got for about $500 per person (not including the exorbitant price to check our backpacks.) We were picked up by a couple of friends that gave us a tour of the city. We got to catch some local vistas, took a walking tour of the shoreline and ended with some good food.
One thing we noticed from the vistas was the sprawling valley of one story houses. They spanned the horizon.