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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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Dec 28, 2016 - Auckland

Auckland Wed 28th Dec. 14-22℃, Cloudy, light rain, some fine breaks in the evening. After a reasonably good night’s sleep, we walked downtown to a recommended breakfast cafe, Vulcan Lane Bagels, only to find it closed. During the holiday season many smaller CBD cafes that cater for the city workers are closed. However there are many others that stay open throughout the Xmas/New Year break, and we had no trouble finding a nice breakfast. Strolled back to extricate our car from the depths of the complex and drove to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life...

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Dec 19, 2016 - Auckland

AUCKLAND Auckland is made up of hundreds of small islands and 40+ volcanoes - the last eruption being about 600/700 years ago, so it's fairly active in a geological sense. It was a bit of a stressy day getting there though as there were lots of hold ups en-route, which meant we couldn't stop off and visit some of the places we had planned on the way and were running late to drop the car back on time. After a bit of confusion over the keys for the apartment (slightly stressy as Andy was not able to park anywhere and Sally had jumped out the...

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Nov 24, 2016 - Well...I Made It!

Long flight from San Francisco...and extraordinarily bumpy. What a fantastic scenario at the end of the long journey, however. I took the airport bus and exited at the first stop, Upper Queen Street that in many ways looks just like five decades ago. Following a pleasant walk down Queen Street to the Ferry Terminal, I took the Devenport ferry and a short bus ride to Takapuna. Airbnb host Graham was on hand, but soon left for a long weekend in Sydney.

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New Zealand 2016

Nov 14, 2016 - Devonport

Can't believe we are back again ! We flew out from Heathrow and had a great first leg of the flight...the plane was half empty so we had 3 seats each which meant we could stretch out and actually sleep which made an amazing difference. The second leg was not so good ! Flight was full and everyone seemed to be coughing and spluttering and snoring so not a lot of sleep!! We arrived in Auckland and picked up a bus to Devonport. Devonport is very colonial and absolutely stunning. It's just a 10 minute ferry trip from busy Auckland city centre...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Singapore - Home

The flight from Singapore to Auckland went well and we arrived in Auckland feeling quite good. Unfortunately the arrival procedure was not quite so pleasant. Our bags were delayed on arrival (along with a handful of other passengers) and so we spent over half an hour standing at the carousel. We then had to queue for a while before MPI (used to be MAF) clearance but were directed straight to the green exit lane. All good .... except we were stopped just prior to the exit for a random full bag check! We stood for over 45 minutes while an MPI...

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Thackers Go Fourth

May 26, 2016 - The Pacific Pearl

Our home for 16 nights on the Pacific Ocean. The first few sea days involved lots of eating, listening to live bands and singers, Theo becoming obsessed with ping pong and Izzy loving the art and craft. They both climbed up a mast on deck 14 and zip wired the length of the ship! It was a windy day and they did it hanging upside down! For fun! Crazy!

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Our Year Out

Apr 28, 2016 - Auckland

We have had a great week with Sam and the kids in Auckland: loads of games, walks, a brilliant day at the museum with an Air NZ virtual reality ride, Jump for Izzy's birthday and plenty of catch up time too. Phill is working on Waiheke Island so he catches the ferry every morning at 7am and gets back at 6pm. The kids and I are heading up to Ngunguru tomorrow ready for birthday celebrations with the cousins and the start of school on Monday. Hope you have all had a brilliant holiday. Xxxx

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Our Year Out

Mar 4, 2016 - Day 1 Arrival in Auckland

Touched down in Auckland about 1.30pm and got to Ocean Inn Motel at Northcote about 4.30. Very warm. Went to local pub for dinner of salt and pepper squid, garlic bread, stuffed mushrooms and chunky chips, wine and beer. Beautiful evening for the walk home (only 500m). Pretty early night after the 3 am start.

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Mar 1, 2016 - Icons and locals

The only kiwi birds we saw were in a display in the Maori cultural center. Turns out Kiwi shoe polish is from Australia. Rugby was all over television and newspapers. Cricket is only a little less popular. Bungee jumping was commercialized, not invented, in New Zealand. Mount Cook has been noted. We did not shop for gum boots, but Mo bought plenty of wool from both sheep and possums. The possum is an introduced invasive from Australia, much loathed for the fact that it devours local forests like they are crickets in Utah. The more possum...

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