I awoke on Thursday morning with a bit of nervousness about driving on the left side of the road. We had scheduled the rental car shuttle to pick us up at the hostel at 10am, but it never showed up. Finally at 10:30, we headed back inside to call and they informed us that the shuttle was delayed until 11. Needless to say we weren’t happy. but there wasn’t much we could do but wait. Eventually the shuttle did come and by 11:30 I had signed all of the paperwork and we had a car locked up for the next thirty two days.
Because of our flight cancellation in Fiji, we arrived in Auckland much later than originally planned. While this wasn't really a problem for us, the one issue we faced was not having any accommodation booked for the night. We had felt that booking a room ahead of time wasn't important given that we were going to arrive in the early afternoon. Luckily, when we finally cleared immigration at around 10pm, the visitor's information desk was still open and they were able to call around for us.