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Mar 18, 2017 - Car shopping and cycling

In spite of the travel and time change, we seemed to have a lot of energy today. We spent several hours at the Auckland City Car Fair and made a deal on a 1998 Toyota Station wagon with some included camping gear. We will take possession of this vehicle and hit the road on Monday morning. We spent most of the remainder of the day cycling about 25 km along the waterfront and back to the hostel.

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Mar 17, 2017 - Arrival in Auckland

After several long flights, Vancouver to Hong Kong, followed by Hong Kong to Auckland, we arrived in New Zealand, with no idea of what time or even what day it was! But we soon discovered that it was St Patrick's day! After checking in to our room at Oaklands Lodge, we cycled downtown to meet Herb and Deb at the Hilton. It was quite a coincidence that they are here on Herb's business conference trip at the same time we are! We had our first New Zealand meal and discovered that restaurant meals here are more costly than at home.

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Mar 5, 2017 - City of Sails

Next stop Auckland New Zealand. We have two days at sea before we reach the land of Kiwis. The first day is grey and drizzly and is going to stay like that for most of the day. I decide to have a facial and relax in the spa. Lots of decisions to make, do I use one of the steam room first, the hydro pool or just relax on the heated ceramic beds! Exhausting! Ian plays chess, goes to lectures and the gym amongst other things. Since leaving Southampton we have travelled 20395 nautical miles. When we reach Auckland we will be half way through...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Auckland to Santiago Chile

Auckland to Santiago Chile. Thursday Feb 23 Arrived at Auckland airport 2:20pm, after 4 hours easy trip. Nickie had an anxious wait with all the gear outside the terminal while Pete delivered the car to Stans place ….42 mins to get there he said according to the GPS ! So Nickie calculated she wouldn’t see him back for at least 1 and half hours !! …it would be getting almost too late to check in.. she worried we would miss the flight. Huge relief when he returned in a taxi after only 30mins later. ..the GPS was set to bicycle mode...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Aboard the Celebrity Solstice.

Still raining ! We checkout and put our bags in storage whilst we went out for breakfast . We took a taxi down to the wharf to board the ship. A bit more disorganised that at home. As Conceirge passengers, We got invited to a special lunch, which was very nice, and it got us started on the wine early 𯙄. After lunch we were allowed in our cabin (1063) and our luggage arrived not too long afterwards. We had the usual emergency drills before we sailed. Got changed and went for dinner in the Grand Epernay restaurant. Sat next to a nice couple...

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Feb 16, 2017 - Piha & Waitakere

Bucketing! We got picked up at 8.30 for our trip to the rainforest and beach. We drove to the Arataki visitor centre, which was guarded by a huge totem pole made from the Kauri tree. The Kauri is an endangered species as it is infected by bacteria transported in the soil. The totem is called the high pou (post) and is carved with whakairo and there are more of these carvings inside the centre. We stopped at Kitekite falls for a photo, and also saw the Nihotupu reservoir. We stopped at Piha for lunch. We supposed to have an opportunity to...

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Feb 15, 2017 - City Tour of Auckland

Started with breakfast at Danny's. Then it was time for the city tour. We picked up the bus at the bus station next to the Sky Tower. This is on Hobson St which is named after the governor of New Zealand William Hobson who negotiated a treaty with the maori in 1800s. We then went to the Aotea Square, which a large maori entrance gate. The town hall was also in this square. We then went to Karangahape Road which has an interesting story about a tribe leaving their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki to settle in the new Land in 1350ad. We then...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Flight 4

Australia is 3 hours ahead of dubai, so we landed about 7am. Got a good view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as we flew in. Eventually found the place for our boarding cards, and then had 3 hours to wait for our flight. No paying lounges in Sydney! When we went to board our flight, the weather had changed and it was lashing down outside. Your mum watched Finding Dory know the flight. I watched Inferno. Eventually landed in Auckland where it was hacking it down again! The taxi took over North hour to our hotel due to traffic. Our...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Auckland , New Zealand.

Tuesday 7th February 2017. 27deg. We arrive at Papeete , capital of Tahiti , at 0900. It is quite a large harbour with room for several cruise ships. There are two alongside when we arrive. We walk 20 laps of the ship before breakfast, which is about 4 miles , and we feel we have earned our food. Go ashore at 1100 and find a very busy town with lots of traffic. It has a long esplanade with marinas full of yachts. It looks a very affluent town. We walked around in the heat and came back to the ship for lunch. We then hired a taxi to show us...

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Dec 31, 2016 - Auckland

Auckland Sat 31st Dec. 16-23℃ cloudy periods, some showers Wind has dropped so jacket off today, for a walk to the Domain. Only 2km from the hotel to the front of the War Memorial Museum, $25 entry. http://www.aucklandmuseum.com I went for a stroll around a small part of the 75 hectare Auckland Domain, which was developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. It’s an enjoyable park with many mature trees, flower gardens, duck ponds etc. Highlight for me was the Wintergardens tropical and temperate houses, especially the fabulous display of...

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Dec 30, 2016 - Auckland

Auckland Fri 30th Dec. 13-22°C Mostly sunny Another good night's sleep after staying up late watching movies on sky tv. For breakfast we had pastries purchased at a bakery on the way home yesterday. Mel is having a relaxing day, I went for a stroll through Albert Park, a very pleasant green space with walks beneath huge gnarled old native and fig trees, wide green lawns, formal flower gardens with memorials, statuary and a fountain. There are great views of Sky Tower from here, also nice photo opportunities of the picturesque Auckland Uni...

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Dec 29, 2016 - Auckland

Auckland Thurs 29th Dec. 12-18°C Mostly cloudy, light afternoon/evening rain. Late start, good sleep in. Drove down to Mission Bay (10min) for breakfast at the Coffee Club, with a view of the bay. Good omelettes and bacon&eggs, coffee was pretty good and Mel enjoyed the traditional iced chocolate served in a tall parfait glass. There's plenty of choice of eateries along the promenade. We drove to Westhaven for a look at the RNZYS marina, huge harbour with some impressive yachts. Took a drive along Scenic Drive to the west of Auckland,...

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