Back in Auckland, we met up again with our dairy farm friend, Nicola. We stayed in an apartment in Devonport looking across the water into Auckland city centre. Stunning at night with all the lights!
For something different, we decided to trade in our boardies (shorts) for as many layers as we had packed. We were going skiing/snowboarding in NZ's Snowplanet. It was the first time for Nic and Brian on snowboards and a first for Nicola on skis too. It was impressive what they did on that bunny hill that day in May. Unfortunately, on her first fun on skis, Nicola took a nasty fall which we recently heard, had her booked in for surgery on her knee. Not good. Hopefully she'll be back up and running soon. Fingers crossed for you Nicola!
We had a quick visit with Marie, Mardo's niece (a past trainee from NZ) which was great fun. She's a lot like her Mom and Mardo with loads of energy.