We did a surprising amount today, considering we landed this morning. After the Skytower, we wandered around the city center and went into a few stores. After we checked in we had an early dinner, and then went to Muriwai Beach. The wind was absolutely insane, and the views were awesome. I got a few good photos (which I'll upload later -- it turns out uploading YT videos is a great way to burn through a prepaid data plan. ;)
This is going to sound weird, but so far the thing I like most about New Zealand is that it smells nice. That's not to say that San Francisco reeks, but New Zealand just smells.... uh, neat I guess. On the way back from Muriwai Beach, I kept picking up various scents of spices and flowers and similar aromatics; hard to do that in the general vicinity of the 101. At one point I got a really powerful draft of cut clover, and was instantly transported back to being a kid, lazing around in the long summer days and playing outside after my dad had just mowed the lawn. At first I couldn't place the scent but then we drove by a honey farm(!) and I made the clover connection.
So yeah, there are far worse ways to wrap up your first day on holiday trip than a happy flashback to being a kid.