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Takapuna beach with the tide out - nice, and the town is...

The last couple of days in the North Island.

Monday 19th October 2009

And the breakfast is indeed pretty good – though from the previous guests comments we were expecting Scrambled Eggs but we had Fried – still, makes a change from cereal!

And, surprise, surprise, it is sunny and quiet pleasant out – so we drive off to look at the Surf Beach – and it’s a good 10 minutes drive out of town.

There are great views of the beach from the headland car park – but the sand is black rather than “golden” and so we think it does not look as good as some beaches.

So,now we have a 2 hour drive to Auckland and then another 2 hours north to Whangarei, to meet with Rob and Jo Allan who moved out here in 1986.

The directions we are given are spot on and around 4.00pm we arrive at their house – nicely situated overlooking the Town Basin. And we have a very pleasant evening chatting and then going out for dinner. Rob and Jo recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary – wow!

Tuesday 20th October 2009

This is our last full day in North Island, for the time being, and we drive south to the North Shore of Auckland and search for a place to stay with WiFi.

We settle on the International Motor Lodge in Takapuna – very acceptable and at $110 including 24 hour WiFi use.

After a wee drinkie – we wander off to look at the local lake – lots of ducks and black swans and then down to the beach (Takapuna Holiday Park, great beachfront pitches for a campervan) and then back through the town with lots of interesting bars and cafes – though we have more than enough drink at home – so we do not linger!

Wednesday 21st October 2009

Up a little earlier than normal as the car has to be back by 10.00am (though our flight is not until 1.00pm) – and it’s about an hour drive through the city – though sitting in the traffic jam in the sunshine – makes us want to stay, rather than fly South to Christchurch.

The car return goes without a problem and it’s only a short transfer to the airport – and a Self Service check in procedure, that takes us a little time, but with practice it would be a delight!

At the airport Neil is concerned that the two bottles of Wine and the bottle of Gin that Carolyn is carrying in her hand luggage will be confiscated by the “security team” – but No, we ask if it’s OK – and yes, the 100ml limitation is on International flights only - you can take what you like on Domestic flights!!

Now, dear reader, if you are a terrorist and are going to hijack a plane– does it matter what its original destination is – You are planning to take it somewhere else and probably crash it! So, if it is a security rule – it should be universally applied!

The airport is very modern and just a bit soulless – but OK – though they do want you to pay for WiFi!

More from the South Island next time

Copyright Neil Tough@2009

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