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Feb 19, 2019 - Our final few days ... fun, sun, wine and friends Auckland

We arrive to a bit of sunshine and some dark cloud off in the horizon. We are number 36 for departure and expect to get off at about 8:30 … which is no big deal as we can’t even drop our bags at our hotel till after 2pm. About 8:20, when we have not heard any announcements for 20 minutes, we head down from breakfast on 14 to level 4 and ask security what number they are on. Only to find out they are on 31 still and there is huge line. She kindly asks our number and then opens the gate right at the exit and we are gone. There is a Luggage...

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Cuba and New Zealand

Jan 9, 2019 - Cuba, Laundry and off to New Zealand

So off on our next adventure. I decided that while Cuba and New Zealand are actually two separate trips, with different participants, it made sense to just write them as one journal. After all there is only 3 days in between. Just enough time to do some laundry, remove what I don’t need for NZ out of the suitcase and reorganize my stuff. Gail and I decided that with such a short time in-between and flying in Canada in the winter it was best to pack as if we were heading directly to NZ from Cuba. After all we could be stranded in Calgary for...

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Cuba and New Zealand

Nov 3, 2018 - Auckland

Auckland Sat 3rd Nov 15-19°C, Few showers, gales. The Brisbane International self check-in & bag drop was quick and easy, also the Qantas Club breakfast was quite good. Had a comfortable 3h15m flight to Auckland. The Skybus from Auckland airport has an inexpensive frequent service with baggage racks on board and convenient stops around the city. Stayed at the Kiwi International hotel, dated but clean, the single room is quite small but comfy enough for a short stay. Walked down to Sky Tower to find a Mexican 'Day of the Dead - Día de los...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Blog Eight - Auckland

Blog Eight – Auckland Monday 4 June 2018 It is a big day ahead of us. We were up early, had the remainder of the food, packed the car and headed off to Kennedy Point to the ferry terminal where we checked in and had a heap of time for the ferry to arrive. It appears as though there was a bit of an issue with a new timetable and there were three and nearly four ferries arriving within 30 minutes of each other. The locals seemed amused and shaking their heads at what appeared to be complete confusion as what was going on and which ferry was...

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Mar 25, 2018 - Auckland to Pakiri Beach

A quick catch up with Mel Langley one of the Kiwi Golden Oldies girls at the stunning Takapuna Beach. A very pretty and busy coffee shop that provided a gorgeous backdrop to breakfast. From breakfast we ventured up the motorway north towards Helensville. Why because we could! The countryside is stunning and quite a different shade of green. Randomly somewhere off the beaten track on a hill stood majestic at two sculptures .... a rustic brown one that looked like a banana sticking out of the ground and white monolith several hundred meters...

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Mar 24, 2018 - Awkward Auckland

Well the day started at 5.00am Brissie time. My dear hubby dropped me at the airport where I met up with the fabulous Dunnett connection of the Dunnett and Dagg Amazing Adventures.... Off to Virgin we toddle for check- in to discover that our booking is actually an Air NZ .... no wonder we couldn’t check in n the online thingy. Off to Air NZ we go and at last success. Breakfast at Coffee Club and did not live up to the standard of Coffee Club Cleveland! Go Jack!!!! Arrive in Auckland to the local time of 3.30 after an interesting flight....

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Feb 16, 2018 - Auckland, New Zealand

The Maori name for New Zealand is “Aotearoa” meaning “land of the long white cloud.” It is a small island nation with two main land masses creatively named North Island and South Island; Cook Strait lies between them. The nation is only about 990 miles long and about 250 miles wide at maximum. Its total land area is about 103,500 square miles, and the total population is about 4.7 million people. It lies about 900 miles east of Australia. When we spent a year in Australia in 2014-15, we had every intention of spending at least a month...

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2018-Adventures

Feb 5, 2018 - Auckland to Madrid

The adventure begins fly to Madrid 18hrs The days sight seeing, then drive to Malaga for a 6 days, catching up with Christa (youngest of our three children) living in Santiago Chile Blair (eldest) living in London and Hanna (Our exchange student that lived with us 2009-2010 from Sweden. Then the real adventure starts, we will bike from Malaga to Marbella to Ronda to Algeciras, Meet up with Eraina and Ray from the Bay of Plenty.The four of us will head to Morocco for 2 weeks, no fix plans for the Morocco part yet.

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Jan 29, 2018 - New Zealand Day in Auckland – Celebration!

Remember the Waitangi Treaty grounds in Russell? Well today is New Zealand Day celebrating the signing of that treaty. New Zealand version of the 4th July in the US. We are docked at Queens’s wharf, which is middle of downtown and Treaty Day waterfront celebrations. There is a street fair outside our window with street performers (buskers), free carnival rides and a food truck area. There was laser light show on the harbor bridge too. The food trucks had everything from pork belly burgers to Mama’s best dumplings with lots of vegetarian...

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Jan 29, 2018 - Auckland New Zealand

History: Auckland is the cultural capital of New Zealand. It is known as the “City of Sails” they love their boats. It has a stunning setting between two glistening harbors. It has hosted two American’s Cup challenges and it is teeming with world class yachts. Average home price is 1 million and 25% of people own a boat. Wonderful and fun place to visit,

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Jan 5, 2018 - New Zealand - Auckland

Due to a technical cock-up, us not paying attention, we nearly missed the flight to New Zealand. Very embarrassing running through the terminal to the correct departure bay. They were just about to unload our bags as I came screaming around the corner. Some very disagreeable looks from our fellow passengers. Made it just in time. We have been looking forward to arriving in New Zealand for ages and had painted an idyllic scene in our heads - blue skies and sunshine all the way. Unfortunately, we landed on 6th January in the back-end of a...

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Dec 2, 2017 - Rangitoto Island

We were up early and halfway up a Dead Volcanic Island by 8.30am! It's great when jetlag works in your favour! We left our hotel at 6.30, walked to the harbour and got the 7.30 Ferry to Rangitoto Island which takes 25 minutes. The photo's don't do it justice. No matter which direction you look, the views are spectacular. It took an hour to reach the Summit via some lava caves. It was quite steep at the end with lots of steps to the top. The views from the top were amazing. We walked back down which took around an hour and sat around...

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