Blogs from Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 2


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 10th 2014

It's a good thing we decided to give ourselves 3 hours lead time to be at the airport. After three trips back to the house for forgotten items and a stop at a friends to get last minute gifts, get to LAX, check in, and get through security, we had just 20 minutes before boarding. We were all so excited but still slightly in the "cannot believe we are going" stage. We had a great flight. Immediately the girls were so excited with all the entertainment options available to them. Movies, TV, video games, music, flight information so they could follow the flight progress, information and videos about our destination. Each of them watched different things, they all played video games together, and I watched all the information about New Zealand that I could find. It ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central June 3rd 2014

Sitting in my little cubicle I hear the refreshing banter of atmospheric noise return as the frustration of the last call slowly fades from memory. "Fuck that last guy, his internet would be fine if he would just, y'know, pay his bills. I can't wait to get out of here." Bleep. The ominous sound of another disgruntled customer who obviously doesn't understand the concept of "paying for service" or who thinks that they are calling the magical internet factory in the sky, calling through to me to fix his shit and make him feel all gushy inside is making gravity feel exceptionally weighty today. The headset which hard-wires his whiny voice directly into my brain isn't much of an incentive to work my mouth muscles into a smile either. "Yeah, g'day, I called in yestahday to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland May 28th 2014

Saying goodbyes - Nathan, Dianne & Dion took us to the airport, we had brekkie with them and then flew out of NZ at 9am. I didn't even cry saying goodbye to my baby! (Although I must admit I shed a tear or two on the plane :P... read more
goodbye kisses
Sydney airport

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport May 27th 2014

Today we went for a good walk along the beaches as it was such a crisp clear day after the horrible day yesterday! Then coffee at the Navy Cafe with a crossword. After an early lunch we took the Ferry to Auckland and then the bus to the Auckland Museum to see the photgraphic exhibition of the top wildlife photographers in the world. We were not allowed to take any photos of the exhibition but it was really good. We also had a wander around the rest of the museum and after a cup of tea we made our way back to Devonport before dark!... read more
Cheltenham Beach
The ferry
The wharf

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport May 25th 2014

We arrived at the Massey Dodds to a warm welcome. Lots of cuddles with Thomas. Ben and Claire came for lunch and then after they left, Joseph, Stacey, Thomas, Leigh and I went to see where Joseph works in Kumeu. We had a good look around including Joseph's office, cool store, chiller room, loading bay etc etc and after a coffee we returned to Massey. Later in the afternoon we drove to Ben and Claires' home in New Lynn and were treated to butter chicken for dinner, with champagne and fruit salad for dessert. Thomas behaved himself and had a lovely sleep while we ate and talked.... read more
Leigh gets a cuddle first
An I have cuddles too
Then Ben took over


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 26th 2014

4347 kms 1 car..... 2 adults ...... 3 kids under 7 ...... 7 Days!!!! Crazy!!! Yup that's us. Driving from Brisbane to Perth. Across the Nullabor because we want to create memories.... Should be interesting, so follow us on our road trip, the good the bad and the ugly!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 15th 2014

Now we are on the last leg of our holiday. We are all packed and ready to go. Looking forward to getting home again to catch up with family and friends and return to our well loved recliner chairs! We had a great day yesterday buying an all day transport pass we hopped from ferry to ferry. Our first stop was Devonport. We had tried to drive into there with David and Cheryl on Sunday but as there was too much traffic we decided to turn around and not go in. It is a pity as it was really the best part that I have seen of Auckland. We went for a great walk up the north head to see the remains of the gun battery that was there. The views were just fantastic. Then we ... read more
Out of uniform
Great views
Not the Sydney harbour bridge!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 13th 2014

Our wonderful holiday at the bay of Islands came to an end today. Before David dropped us off we went to the mt Eden lookout. Mt Eden is an extinct volcano. It was quite an amazing view. We then got dropped off and booked into our apartment that will be home for the next 3 nights.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 5th 2014

right outside the hotel is this triatholon, swimming in Auckland harbor, running in front of the hotel. 🏊🚴Last nite we went for dinner at queens harbor Baduzzi restaurant 🍷 was the name tapas but good. No tipping here but then service is not what we are used to. Breakfast was a challenge !! Had to find water and get refills for coffee on our own β˜•οΈπŸ And that was in this hotel. last nite in Auckland, dinner with Nigel and kathy later. Time change last night , fall back one hour.... read more
View of city of auckland from the east of cityimage
view of city auckland
kathi and kathy at dinner

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby April 4th 2014

Took the city bus to Auckland zoo. Saw kiwi and kea bird and KaKau birds indigenous to NZ. Can pretty much take any bus east/ west and will take u from Victoria street west. Art museum and zoo same stop. Jacuzzi at hotel Walked up college to kathy and Nigel's . Beautiful suburb lovely home great dinner and wine with good renewed friends. Golf in the morning with Nigel... read more
Kathy, kathi Nigel
penquins at the auckland zoo

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