Hey (Kia ora
) welcome to the forum,
Did you get the look from CYCO on Ponsonby road? They were my local bike shop when i lived in Auckland (2007-2011)
I lived in Grey Lynn and worked at the top of college hill.
Where abouts are you based in Auckland?
I found some of the roads to be amazing - very hilly with spectacular scenery (rode all over Waiheke Island once!)
BUT the drivers were really crap generally, possibly due to the fact that they didn't have compulsory insurance
meant they didn't really care too much about cyclists...
I didn't like the compulsory helmet wearing either (although i do wear one most of the time).
There's a lot of roadies over there with seriously nice bikes and a lot of testosterone flying around
Personally i never felt and home in NZ and returned to the UK (glad to be back although the weather is shite)
but it's good to see the weather has been good for you (we used to get attacked by mozzies all the time!)
Have fun and watch out on Tamaki Drive