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Aug 6, 2017 - Wine tasting in Waiheke

Today we got the boat across to a little island called Waiheke 45 minutes from Auckland. As the weather forecast was meant to be wet we decided to visit one of the many winery's on Waiheke. We choose Obsidian Winery which was a bus ride to the opposite side of the island. Obsidian was a beautiful little winery surrounded by the vineyards where they grow the grapes. The weather turned out to be dry and a lot warmer than what we were used to so we picked a table outside. You get to taste four wines that are made at the winery and the lady...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Our New Zealand adventure starts :)

We arrived in Auckland about midnight following a rather nice flight on a Dreamliner from Sydney. Fortunately our accommodation was only 10 minutes away by cab so we settled down for the night before beginning our NZ adventure. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with about 1.5m people. It's a pretty chilled city and as we were feeling cheap today (slight issue... See yesterday's blog about flights to China) we decided to visit whatever was free in the city. This turned out to be the cities art gallery. Given neither of us like art we...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Rainy Day in Auckland

Given the rainy and windy conditions today, we chose to take a staple out of the Ghertner playbook and ride the Get On/Get Off bus. As such, we had an opportunity to visit a number of sites in Auckland including Kelly Tarlton's Underwater Adventure (built out of the disused Auckland Sewer System), the Auckland War Museum (coolest thing in my opinion was a 75 foot war canoe made out of a single tree that could hold 100 warriors) and the top of Mt Eden (one of the many volcanoes that make up modern day Auckland). Also, got to see Eden Park,...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Arrival in Auckland

After 19 hours of flying and 6 hours of airport waiting, we finally made it to Auckland this morning. As for the flight itself, my idea of putting Shea and me in Business Class and the kids in premium economy backfired when they found out that they were in a row with 3 seats not 2, the row was a bulkhead so they couldn't store their bags in front of them and they didn't have their own TVs (which fortunately they did after a bit of digging). Needless to say, there was less sleep and more kid calming than I had hoped we might experience. We...

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May 1, 2017 - Last day in NZ

Our kind AirBnB hosts allowed us to check out after supper since we had an 11:59 pm flight. We took a ferry across the bay to the community of Devonport. Devonport is a favorite day trip getaway destination for Aucklanders. There are several beaches, a couple of lookout hills that needed climbing, some quaint restaurants and shops and the world famous Devonport Chocolate shop. All very nice! We returned in time to pack up the bikes and luggage and make it to our flight on time!

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Apr 30, 2017 - Soccer and goodbyes

Last day of the games. Brian's team was scheduled for a playoff game to decide 4th and 5th place. Unfortunately, the opposition didn't show up; or maybe fortunately since the SK team was awarded a win and clinched 4th spot! We had brunch with some of the team members, did some shopping, attended the closing ceremonies and had a late supper with a few team members remaining.

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Apr 27, 2017 - Car sale and more soccer

First, the car story: Many of folks from the S'toon soccer teams are staying on a small cruise ship on the Auckland harbour. There is a small crew on the boat which switches out every 4 days. Last night/ this morning the ship's captain announced that this crew switch was sad because one of the female crew members was quitting the crew to travel around NZ. He presented her with a going away package and then said that all she was missing was a good car and that she needed to buy one today! Our friends on the boat immediately sent us a message...

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Apr 25, 2017 - ANZAC day in NZ, Sky tower visits

ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) day is like Remembrance Day in Canada. honours those who fought in WWI at Gallipoli. I attended the ceremony held at the Masters Games site. Our Games Reg pkg includes transportation in Auckland as well as passes to several attractions. This morning, we went up the sky tower and this evening I went up again to see the city lights. I also took a long bus ride out to the tennis venue and visited with John Stewart whose wife was competing in tennis doubles. (John was my boss at Soil Science many years...

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Apr 24, 2017 - April 24, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand to Dallas, Texas

April 24, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand to Dallas, Texas After Patsy left this morning, I repacked a few things, dropped my luggage off at the desk and headed out to catch the bus. There were a couple of stops which the bus didn’t make yesterday because of the Masters Games. Today, we did those stops, one of which had a great view across the harbor. I hadn’t had any breakfast so I had lunch at the Auckland Military Museum. From there I got on the bus again and got off at Mt. Eden. Auckland is built on 4 volcano craters, and the one at Mt....

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Apr 23, 2017 - April 23, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand

April 23, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand We had breakfast this morning in the Terrace. We had to be out of our rooms by 8 a.m. so that they could clean and prep them for new passengers who would be boarding starting at noon. We were the last off the ship because we were staying in Auckland tonight so it was about 9 when we left the ship. Everyone who had airplane connections were off the ship first. As we were standing in line to get on the bus to the hotel, Olga and Tatiana, 2 of our favorite waitresses, came and gave us big hugs as they...

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Apr 22, 2017 - Our events begin

This morning, I ran/walked the half marathon. The weather was great, the course flat and scenic(along the waterfront) and everything was very well organized.I found out that it is quite challenging to complete that distance without proper training! Brian played his first soccer game this morning and has a game every second day for the next few days. We also watched the women's soccer team from S'toon play this afternoon.

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Apr 21, 2017 - Opening Ceremonies at World Masters Games

We spent the morning trying to get a dent out of the car in preparation for selling it on Sunday. It looks a bit better so hopefully was worth the time we spent. A large number of soccer players from S'toon are staying on a cruise ship in the harbour and we joined them for a dinner on the ship before going to the opening ceremonies. The entertainment portion of the ceremony was awesome. I was not able to take any good pictures, but found a few nice Youtube videos and would like them to place a link to them here if I knew how!! So I will...

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