|Well, we started our New Zealand leg and it wasn't without adventure, BUT that's what we traveled for......................................When we got up at 4:30am in Kettering/Australia and started to pack our HUGE BACKPACKS, Tracys' back went out and it was really bad!! She couldn't move very well................................BUT she managed to get in the car and we were off and driving to airport in Hobart/Tazmania.
On the way to the airport we got stopped by a police roadcheck and Peter had to blow, we were a little worried because we all drank a little at supper.....................................................BUT they just waved us on, THANK GOD!! WHEW!
Our "Good-bye" to Peter was true to the Sezgin Six and we had to just quickly say our good-bye and Peter ran away, as fast as he could (we figured he was tearful and didn't want us to see).
So, we were off, in our plane, but it was delayed due to HIGH WIND CONDITIONS and when it finally took off it was scarey!!! The plane was all over the place, it was like being on an extreme rollercoaster, but scarier cause we would've dropped a hell of a lot farther down and even seen death!! It's a little freaky when you see the flight attendants running for the first seat they see and strap their seatbelts on so fast that you just think; "ok we're gonna die!". So, everyone had to stay seated for about another 15 mins. Oh ya, I forgot to tell you that before we took off they told us that for the whole ride (3.5hrs) we may have to stay seated with our seatbelts on and not be able to use the loo. So, of course there was a run for the few toilets onboard.
Now, we're ok, in the air and watching our personal choice of 6 movies' and/or TV or Radio Stations, that was really cool!! We hadn't experienced this service yet. We got our token pittence of food and then it was time to land in Auckland, New Zealand.
The sky was so so cloudy and we didn't think the pilot would be able to see the landing strip, but he managed to get through it all with a great landing.
Our first experience with the New Zealand people was at the airport and they were all very nice, especially the food and hazardous materials people. I thought I was going to get the bottom of my shoes cleaned with an automatic shoe washer/scrubber, but when the guy told me I had to stand there and make the movements myself, I just couldn't understand what he was talking about!?!? I thought the machine was going to automaticly shake the shit off my shoes, but NOOOOOO, I had to stand there on a wet mat and rock back and forth myself, manually, it was really hard for me to understand what he meant and he must of thought I was dumber than a hammer!!
Okay, so we got through that, BUT only to find out that our Rented Van wasn't there for us and we'd have to wait until tomorrow for it. So, now the fun of finding a Hotel that didn't cost an arm and a leg was our next venture. By the way, it was the BIG WEEKEND for the "ALLBLACKS TOURNAMENT" (Rugby in case you didn't know). So far we noticed it was going to be even more expensive for things here than in Australia (we didn't expect that). We managed to find a place near the airport for $79 p/nt and then ordered KFC in because Tracy's back wasn't showing any signs of ease.