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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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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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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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