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Jan 12, 2016 - Auckland Harbor Views and a walk down history lane

Devonsport is a suburb of Auckland that is accessible by either ferry or bus. We went via ferry and returned via bus. The historical focus of the community is the old military fortress which was used to protect the Auckland harbor during WWI and WWII. The guns were used against the Japanese and German armies as well as protecting thousands of American soldiers who came to protect New Zealand during the WWII - we had a lot of ships and personnel stationed here since the New Zealand forces were small. The fortress was ready to use if needed...

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Jan 11, 2016 - A quick summary of the last couple of days.

Sunday morning we went to the ferry port for the 1030 Harbour Cruise. Busy boat as it was a Sunday and quite windy and chilly first thing. Stayed out on deck for the first 40 minutes but then retreated inside for the last hour. Interesting sites and useful commentary made it a worthwhile trip. Back at port in time for lunch at a Mexican place with burritos and a soft drink. Back to the port for a free crossing to Devonport which is an interesting old part of the city. Lots of cafes and we spent some time on the seafront before getting the...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Flowers and Ferry Boats -both charming

We had fabulous weather today in Auckland - close to 80 degrees throughout most of the day - often with no clouds evident. We took the rental car back this morning and I can't say enough about the excellent driving of Terry and Seth over the course of almost six weeks of driving (5 different cars). They mastered double roundabouts, one lane bridges with crazy "Give Way" signs, winding sheer cliff roads and city traffic as well. GREAT JOB GUYS! In the morning we walked to the Auckland Domain - a very large expanse of a greenbelt that serves...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Food in the City

On Monday we went on a ferry to Auckland it only took 15 minutes but it was quite choppy. When we arrived in Auckland we had a wander around. At 1 O'clock we went to the base of Sky Tower I thought I had got Mum, Dad and Izzy up Sky Tower for free 𯘀𯘄𯘊𯇳𯇿 but Mum Dad and Izzy had planned it all along. After we had a look around we went to the revolving restaurant!!!! By Theo The Food When we got up there the whole restaurant was revolving so you see a different view. It took about an hour to spin all the way around. First mummy and...

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Jan 10, 2016 - A party at the Kitchener's

It was lovely having a get together at Rick and Sylvia's- it was the first time we had seen everyone together since Angela's 21st. Andrew and Steven did a delicious lamb on the spit which Izzy and Theo managed to eat caveman style. Hope we can catch up with everyone again throughout the year-especially Angela and her new puppy and Andrew and Hayley's new baby in March.

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Jan 10, 2016 - Three days in the North Island

We left Wellington on the 8th with 140km/h winds and flights canceled causing stranded air travelers. Since we were driving it was not an issue for us (except the car blowing around on the road:). We stayed that night at Wanganui - also spelled in the traditional Maori way of Whanganui. Except in Maori language a Wha makes the "F" sound so the two names are not the same pronunciation and you think you are going to two different places!! Wanganui has the mouth of the Wanganui River - goes 90 km north - and the key to settlements thriving in...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Auckland Activities

The big city is sure different than the countryside. Lots of people, and activity, and energy. There are multitudes of choices of things to do. So, choose we do. Firstly we learn of a horse track a short bus-ride away, and off we go. It's for Trotters with Driver & Sulky versus Thoroughbreds with Jockey on back. And the start is typically behind a moving car with large 'wings' that function as the gates. The gates fold in as the car rapidly accelerates away from / in front of the horses. Lidia liked the look of #10, and it won. Another #10...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Food

We have had lots of different types of food lately.𯍱𯌮 Dad and I have caught some pippis and made them into fritters!𯘀 We had to go down to the beach at low tide and in the water we had to start wiggling our feet around in the sand. If you hit something hard you would dive down to get it and hope it wasn't a crab! 𯘆 We caught so many that Dad made pippi fritters! One night we also all went to Purangi Winery.𯍾𯍸𯍷 It did amazing Pizzas and was in Theo's good books as it had table tennis and bowls𯍕𯏓 Yesterday in Auckland all four of us...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Hong Kong to Auckland

A gentle landing in Hong Kong and an easy transfer to the Gate for the next plane. We had no Hong Kong dollars and so just sat for a couple of hours. Onto the next plane and now in Premium Economy, still quite nice with more legroom and nicer food. We were fed soon after take off at 9pm and we then tried to sleep until we were woken for breakfast. 9 to 10 hour flight got us into Auckland where it was pouring with rain! We had a coffee and then got a shuttle bus to the Heritage Hotel in the city centre..We are here for five nights and...

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Jan 7, 2016 - On the plane.

We left MSN for Bath and then got the National Express coach to Heathrow. Despite allowing loads of time for delays on the motorway we had a smooth journey and were in Terminal 3 by 3pm. We headed straight through Security after checking the cases in. The only worry was the initial refusal to route us all the way to Auckland until we showed evidence of a flight that eventually took us out of New Zealand ! They ended up being satisfied with a Trailfinders itinerary that I could have printed myself. They would have been happy to take us to...

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Dec 25, 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand

Today is Christmas Day and things were very exciting on the ship. There were several special activities for the guests, including a special Christmas-themed production show which Pete wrote with help from the lead dancer and lead singer! He said it went over very well and he is going to try to get a video of the show so we can see it when he gets home in February. Auckland is pretty far north on the North island of New Zealand but the weather is nice at this time of the year, with high temperatures in the upper 60's.

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Dec 5, 2015 - Auckland

After a bumpy ride we arrived to a warm and muggy Auckland. All is well here and we have caught up with lots of family and friends. Phill is trying to find us some transport before we head up north. Izzy and Theo are happy to have lots of their kiwi playmates back now: Theo played with Charlie's cricket team this morning (hardball!!) and we are off ice skating with Max now. Looking forward to Ngunguru.

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