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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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Feb 28, 2016 - Auckland

Before leaving Paihia stayed to watch some of the Waitangi Day celebrations, the waka (war canoes) out on the bay. On our way to Auckland, remembered Billy Connolly on his DVD stopped off at some famous toilets!!!! They were designed by a famous artist, name escapes me and were all bottles and mosaic tiles, picture on blog, Mark said in mens toilets he even captured the smell and flies of a public loo! Top marks. Feeling a bit tired, decided to stop off for a coffee, chose a small seaside town called Waiware, really pretty little place but...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Auckland weekend

The kids and I had a fun weekend staying with Sam in Auckland. There was plenty of food, swimming and a great visit to the Domain to see the Chinese Lantern Festival. It was lovely to catch up with everyone again. We caught up with Loretta, Janice and Michele at the Botanic Gardens after Logan and Hazel tricked us!! Lovely to see them after over 4 years. A long drive back up north where it is still boiling and back to school.

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Our Year Out

Feb 7, 2016 - Auckland - City of Sails

Our next port of call brings us to New Zealand's biggest city. Located on lovely Waitemata Harbor (which means sparkling water), it is a bustling, cosmopolitan, sprawled out, culturally diverse place. Its landscape is defined by the sea and volcanoes with many extinct volcanic peaks visible. The city is referred to as the city of sails mainly because pleasure boat ownership per capita is purported to be the highest in the world. Queen Street is Auckland's golden mile with shopping, entertainment, and businesses. There's little historic...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Feb 6, 2016 - On the cheap in Auckland

New Zealand immigration and customs were easy and friendly. We made sure to declare everything, down to a bag of peanuts. We had reserved a rental car through Travelocity. Of course we went for the lowest cost option. The company booked was NU. Of course, there was no NU desk in the airport. Jim was directed to the tourist assistance desk. A phone call later, we were in touch with the rental people. A colleague was sent for us in a tiny Toyota Yaris. We loaded up and were taken to a nondescript industrial building not far away. No NU...

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Feb 1, 2016 - The van is gone.

Sun 31st Jan - We left the campsite nice and early and headed the short distance to the Kiwi House. It wouldn't have been right to come to New Zealand and not to see a Kiwi. They were in a nocturnal house so no photos but we did get to see them at feeding time - also in the dark! We then took good roads towards Hamilton and stopped for lunch and a clean of the van ready to for handover. As we left the stop we had torrential rain which slowed the motorway almost to a stop. 173km today. We have driven a total of 2676km in the time we have had...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Photos

We have been up to Action World at Pahia for some high wire fun- Maisie managed to do the full trapeze with a tumble finish!! Izzy managed to get on the trapeze after hours of practicing on the moving bars-she was so determined. We had a lovely weekend with Ash's family- great to catch up with them all again. We said goodbye to Deedah and Grampy Ed after a great holiday with them. Colette and Ash are back at work so we went with all the big kids to Phill's dad's Bach at Scandrett Park for some fishing and kayaking. The others joined us...

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Our Year Out

Jan 23, 2016 - Sat 23rd - Lake Taupo.

Left campsite by 0900 and straight to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Bought tickets and then headed off for the 10.15 daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser. Couple of hours after that spent walking around the Thermal Park. Bubbling water and steam everywhere, collapsed volcanoes and colourful staining to rock. Easy road to Lake Taupo for two nights on a site close to the town. Taupo turned out to be a 90 minute walk away when we walked in during the afternoon! We have booked a trip on a yacht for Sunday afternoon and will spend the day in...

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