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Feb 16, 2018 - Auckland, New Zealand

The Maori name for New Zealand is “Aotearoa” meaning “land of the long white cloud.” It is a small island nation with two main land masses creatively named North Island and South Island; Cook Strait lies between them. The nation is only about 990 miles long and about 250 miles wide at maximum. Its total land area is about 103,500 square miles, and the total population is about 4.7 million people. It lies about 900 miles east of Australia. When we spent a year in Australia in 2014-15, we had every intention of spending at least a month...

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2018-Adventures

Feb 5, 2018 - Auckland to Madrid

The adventure begins fly to Madrid 18hrs The days sight seeing, then drive to Malaga for a 6 days, catching up with Christa (youngest of our three children) living in Santiago Chile Blair (eldest) living in London and Hanna (Our exchange student that lived with us 2009-2010 from Sweden. Then the real adventure starts, we will bike from Malaga to Marbella to Ronda to Algeciras, Meet up with Eraina and Ray from the Bay of Plenty.The four of us will head to Morocco for 2 weeks, no fix plans for the Morocco part yet.

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Jan 29, 2018 - New Zealand Day in Auckland – Celebration!

Remember the Waitangi Treaty grounds in Russell? Well today is New Zealand Day celebrating the signing of that treaty. New Zealand version of the 4th July in the US. We are docked at Queens’s wharf, which is middle of downtown and Treaty Day waterfront celebrations. There is a street fair outside our window with street performers (buskers), free carnival rides and a food truck area. There was laser light show on the harbor bridge too. The food trucks had everything from pork belly burgers to Mama’s best dumplings with lots of vegetarian...

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Jan 29, 2018 - Auckland New Zealand

History: Auckland is the cultural capital of New Zealand. It is known as the “City of Sails” they love their boats. It has a stunning setting between two glistening harbors. It has hosted two American’s Cup challenges and it is teeming with world class yachts. Average home price is 1 million and 25% of people own a boat. Wonderful and fun place to visit,

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Jan 5, 2018 - New Zealand - Auckland

Due to a technical cock-up, us not paying attention, we nearly missed the flight to New Zealand. Very embarrassing running through the terminal to the correct departure bay. They were just about to unload our bags as I came screaming around the corner. Some very disagreeable looks from our fellow passengers. Made it just in time. We have been looking forward to arriving in New Zealand for ages and had painted an idyllic scene in our heads - blue skies and sunshine all the way. Unfortunately, we landed on 6th January in the back-end of a...

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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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