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Dec 13, 2014 - Leaving New Zealand

We are leaving Auckland this morning to fly to Sydney and then catching the Celebrity Century cruise today for a 7 night sailing around the island of Tasmania. It is part of the nation of Australia. The photos today are of a spectular view from the top of Mt. Victoria in Devonport. Wonderful 360 degree views of the whole area and the Pacific entrance and Tasman Sea entrance. It was a great hike and spectucular views even in the highly overcast weather. We don't know if we will have wifi service on the ship or not so might not do another...

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Dec 13, 2014 - We're in Auckland!!

We arrived yesterday morning which was Friday, our time, and Saturday, Auckland time. It is so beautiful with VERY tall, flowering trees everywhere. There are Christmas trees loaded with flowers(which look like giant mimosas filled with bright red blossoms). We are in the tropics which was supposed to have summer weather. However, El Nino is here and we have had lovely cool, misty drizzles. Catherine drove us through parks and neighborhoods, and, then, she and her wonderful husband wisked us off on their gorgeous yacht out into the volcanic...

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Dec 10, 2014 - Auckland Domain - Spectular City Greenbelt and Gardens

Today is December 11th in New Zealand - the 10tth in the US. Yesterday went spent several hours walking through a gorgeous dedicated greenbelt about a 15 minute walk from our hotel called Auckland Domain. The grounds are spectular, huge, and bursting with New Zealand flowers in full bloom. Giant trees are great shade providers as this grounds was created and dedicated in 1913 to honor soldiers from New Zealand who fought WW! alongside others from the United Kingdom. In fact, New Zealand suffered a disproportionate number of deaths in the...

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Dec 9, 2014 - Some Unusual New Zealand Sightings

Today is Dec 10th and since we will spend the day changing hotels and getting settled in it seems like a good day to share some unusal sighting we have had in New Zealand. While on the cruise and docked at Picton we encountered the most amazing public toilets - all electronic. From the outside an electronic panel flashes green when a stall is ready. You go in to these very clean facilitties and press a button to close the door. Music comes on and a pre-recorded message plays "THE DOOR WILL UNLOCK IN TEN MINUTES". In a stainless steel sign...

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Dec 8, 2014 - A Full Day On Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Today, December 9th, we did our first paid excursion. We took the ferry to Waiheke Island, about 40 minutes from Auckland. Then we went on a wonderful 90 minutes guided bus tour of the island where the driver gave a wonderful talk about many areas of history, current practice, costs, and unique aspects of living on this beautiful island. When it was over we walked for several hours on the trails and beaches as well as walking through the small town. This island of 8,000+ folks has over a thousand who commute each day on the ferry to jobs in...

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Dec 6, 2014 - On the Bay in Auckland

We had an day of adventures in Auckland today - Sunday, December 7th....it is Satturday in tthe US. We took a bus from the airport hotel down to the ferry dock (32.00 round trip each)....a reminder that all the transportation connections, trains, ferry rides, and buses all add up to a chunk of change when it gets added up.. At the ferry terminal we boarded a ferry to Bayswater where we have a hotel for tthree nights. The view from tthis hotel is breathtaking -- perfect views of Auckland's skyline from across the bay and great water views of...

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Nov 30, 2014 - Auckland NZ 1.4 Million People

In yestreday's post I said Auckland was 450,000 in poplulatiton - that was an error - it is 1.4 million. It has the largest polyinesian population of any city in the southern hemisphere. We arrived this morning at 7 and we went on a fact finding journey to the ferry station, tthe bus and train station, and walked 7 miles to the hotel we will be staying at when we fly back to Auckland in a week. The city is very busy and not nearly as clean and inviting as Sydney or Wellington. Many shops along tthe city streets that are American businesses....

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Sep 16, 2014 - In transit to Hong Kong via Auckland

Sitting at Auckland airport waiting for onward flight to Hong Kong. Confusing as we crossed the International Date Line and promptly went from the afternoon of 16th to the afternoon of the 17th. Very weird. If you go the other way from Auckland to Rarotonga you land before you have taken off! Even more weird. No pictures to add. Will next update from Hong Kong on 18th.

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May 31, 2014 - Epilogue

Just a few closing thoughts on our RV trip. A campervan holiday is a wonderful way to see New Zealand. Would we do it again - YES! Our Maui Platinum Beach RV was very comfortable and easy to drive. We upsized to the larger RV with a plan to leave the bed made in the back and use the front table for relaxing, eating, playing cards, etc. We ended up making/unmaking the bed every day and used the table in the back for our relaxing, card games, and eating. I think we would have been just as comfortable in the smaller unit. We found the...

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May 8, 2014 - New Zealand

Arrival in Auckland was at 4:40 am as planned. There was no issue clearing customs and we were heading to the hotel by 6:30 am. My plan had been to just leave our luggage at the hotel and leave to explore Auckland. We were able to get an early check in for a nominal fee and we were able to rest for about 2 hours. Our plan for today was to use the Hop On Hop Off explorer bus to get an overview of Auckland. The HOHO bus was nice but with the winter schedule, it was hard to plan our time. We got off at Sky City and walked to the harbor,...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Auckland, North Island, NZ

Today we head back to Auckland to turn in our rigs, clean up in a real hotel, and do some city sightseeing. For most of our group it's a 250 kilometer backtrack, but because we opted earlier to take the longer route through the Kuari forests, half the trip was new sights for us. We hit some coastal fog as we left - remained us of our hilltop house in Vestal as we saw the tips of hills peaking through the fog. Glad we didn't get up really early to make the trip, as it would have been wasted by the slow pace through the fog. We stopped to see...

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Apr 4, 2014 - End of the road

Yesterday we took the bus into the city, did a little shopping, then took another bus to the Auckland Domain, a large park which contains the Auckland Museum and the Wintergarden, among other things. The Auckland Museum had a good section on the New Zealand Civil Wars from about 1840 to 1870 or so, presented from both the Maori and European viewpoints. Basically, the Europeans, as usual, came in and took or bought land and kept pushing the Maori off the best land, cleared the forests for farming, which took away the Maori way of life....

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