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Dec 2, 2017 - Rangitoto Island

We were up early and halfway up a Dead Volcanic Island by 8.30am! It's great when jetlag works in your favour! We left our hotel at 6.30, walked to the harbour and got the 7.30 Ferry to Rangitoto Island which takes 25 minutes. The photo's don't do it justice. No matter which direction you look, the views are spectacular. It took an hour to reach the Summit via some lava caves. It was quite steep at the end with lots of steps to the top. The views from the top were amazing. We walked back down which took around an hour and sat around...

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Nov 30, 2017 - Tim and Jo hit middle earth

It was a long journey but went very smoothly. Left the UK on Tuesday evening and arrived in Auckland Thursday afternoon. Came out of the departure gates to be greeted by the biggest dwarf that I have ever seen! Taxi ride with a very friendly Maori driver to the Abaco hotel/motel in what turns out to be a trendy surbub called Ponsonby. Looks like there are loads of great places to eat and drink all round the hotel. The sun chases away the rain and we can just about glimpse some amazing blue sea from our hotel balcony.

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Jo and Tim 2017

Nov 30, 2017 - Arrived in Auckland

It was a long journey but went very smoothly. Left the UK on Tuesday evening and arrived in Auckland Thursday afternoon. Came out of the departure gates to be greeted by the biggest dwarf that I have ever seen! Taxi ride with a very friendly Maori driver to the Abaco hotel/motel in what turns out to be a trendy surbub called Ponsonby. Looks like there are loads of great places to eat and drink all round the hotel. The sun chases away the rain and we can just about glimpse some amazing blue sea from our hotel balcony.

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Oct 28, 2017 - Kauri and Moari

So, our day began with a 5:45 wake up call...on the bus at 7:45. As we headed out of Auckland it became quickly clear the defrosters on the bus did not work. So we limped along with the driver, Chris, using a sgueegy inside to wipe his view area off every minute or so until we could get to the bus depot to switch for a new one. Maybe it is my mom and I...we’d already done the same thing with our Sydney car service?!? Back on the road we headed to a quick spot to be introduced to the Kuari tree, the old growth native tree of New Zealand. The...

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Oct 25, 2017 - Touring Auckland

October 25, 2017-Today we were on our own for a tour of Auckland. Adventure Caravans did pay for a Hop On, Hop Off bus, which we used extensively. We boarded the bus near the Auckland Sky City, a tower that is the tallest building in Auckland and just a few blocks from our hotel. We rode the bus until the Auckland Museum, where we got off to look at the museum and to pick up an alternative bus that followed a different route. On the way to the museum we saw the bay next to Auckland. Auckland is on a narrow strip of land connecting the two...

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Oct 24, 2017 - Leaving Sydney; Kia Ora New Zealand

October 24, 2017-On to New Zealand! We were picked up at our hotel by the team bus—we are back with Adventure Caravans again. Took us to the Sydney Airport for a 2 hour flight over to Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. One of the big deals for New Zealanders is not bringing in foreign pests or parasites. One of our group accidently forgot they ahd an apple in their gear. When it was discovered they were fined $400 NZ for the mistake. Later I found that I had some peanuts that I didn’t declare, but luckily they didn’t see thoise or...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Waitomo to Auckland Airport

October 14, 2017 This is the penultimate report to our NZ travels. Beautiful morning for travel to Auckland. We are ready to be home. Check out with Britz was no problem although they could not explain a $140 differential between their interisland ferry price and Top 10. We think they charged us for a much larger rig. Need to deal with customer service!! Bus to the airport was easy and relatively easy check in through customs although my titanium hips always a cause. NZ guys were most considerate and polite! Airport lounge in Auckland for 6...

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2017 New Zealand

Sep 17, 2017 - Are we there, yet?

Today was just a transit day, from Hahei to Auckland and on to Christchurch. We had hoped for a lovely drive to Auckland, but it turned out to be a bit frustrating, really. First, there was the rain, which persisted for most of the drive. Then the scenery was, by New Zealand standards, a bit dull, really! Finally, getting fuel was quite problematic.We didn't want to pay the $2.14 per litre that the first place was asking, then the second place was packed out and required prepay before you could get any fuel! We finally found a place off...

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Sep 8, 2017 - Auckland Underwater

As if to reinforce the sense that we are staying in a Hobbit Hole, the shower head is low enough that we have to duck under it - and we're not tall! Jokes aside, though, the apartment is actually pretty good, despite its limited dimensions. Everything works well and we just had to be organised with how we used the space. We are staying - mostly - in apartments so that we can self-cater, which is the best way to accommodate our preferred dietary regime. Save $$$ too! So, we feasted on our own muesli, berries and yoghurt, then went to...

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Sep 7, 2017 - Crossing the Ditch

Going to Sydney the day before our flight was a good move. We had a good night's sleep, got up at a decent hour, enjoyed a 15 minute stroll to the terminal and were checked in with plenty of time to spare. Not that we needed it - turned out our aeroplane had managed a rather heavy landing on its earlier arrival into Sydney and had to be checked over by the engineers before it could be released for our flight. That caused a 75 minute delay, but we would prefer an aeroplane to be in good order when we fly in it! Once on board, we made our way...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Wine tasting in Waiheke

Today we got the boat across to a little island called Waiheke 45 minutes from Auckland. As the weather forecast was meant to be wet we decided to visit one of the many winery's on Waiheke. We choose Obsidian Winery which was a bus ride to the opposite side of the island. Obsidian was a beautiful little winery surrounded by the vineyards where they grow the grapes. The weather turned out to be dry and a lot warmer than what we were used to so we picked a table outside. You get to taste four wines that are made at the winery and the lady...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Our New Zealand adventure starts :)

We arrived in Auckland about midnight following a rather nice flight on a Dreamliner from Sydney. Fortunately our accommodation was only 10 minutes away by cab so we settled down for the night before beginning our NZ adventure. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with about 1.5m people. It's a pretty chilled city and as we were feeling cheap today (slight issue... See yesterday's blog about flights to China) we decided to visit whatever was free in the city. This turned out to be the cities art gallery. Given neither of us like art we...

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