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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 10th 2015

today we took the ferry to central auckland as we wanted to see the wynyard quarter where the nz boat racing village was set up. as you can see from the photos it was a beautiful day and we had a good time.... read more
It has arrived
Team NZ
Team NZ Village

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central March 9th 2015

Notre séjour touche bientôt à sa fin et nous voulions écrire un article spécialement pour les personnes rencontrées sur le territoire Néozélandais avec qui nous avons passé des moments inoubliables. Nous espérons sincèrement vous revoir dans le futur et garder contact avec vous... Ce fût un réel plaisir de rencontrer Arnaud, Sandra ainsi que leurs enfants qui nous ont fait partager leur joie de vivre, leurs expériences sur le territoire et de succulents repas (très bonnes les moules Superman!) Des rencontres incroyables, des amitiés sincères et fortes ont été liées grâce au travail: Enrico et Taru (oui oui, on sort JUSTE pour une bière): super journée à la plage, pour noël et nouvel an, que de souvenirs! Bendon (Heidi Klum, non je plaisante), Mike ainsi que sa femme Helen qui nous ont gentiment accueillis chez eux ... read more
Taru & Enrico
Taru & Enrico
Taru & Enrico

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport March 8th 2015

We arrived in Devonport on a sunny but windy day and after a lovely stroll around the town centre, we booked into our accommodation. After lunch outside under the new yellow parasol, we are off to meet Ben and Claire plus Joseph, Stacey and Thomas for afternoon tea at the Navy Museum. Here are a few photos from our morning stroll...... read more
The new library
Knitting around the tree trunk
view from upstairs

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport March 8th 2015

This afternoon we went for a very short walk as Thomas was a bit wind swept due to the wild and windy weather. Then we had afternoon tea at the Navy Cafe. Photos are not very good as Thomas was not coming to the party and smiling!... read more
Uncle Ben and Aunty Claire
Stacey, Ben, Claire and Robyn

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport March 8th 2015

Today we woke up to much calmer weather but it is muggy and showery. We went for a walk along the beach and then through the park and to the coffee shop!! After a short break due to rain, we walked back for lunch.... read more
Cumbria Domain
Leigh looks quite small against these trees
Mt Cumbria Domain

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central March 7th 2015

Caught to Inter-islander ferry and this was a very pleasent journey as it meandered along the coast across Cook Strait and into Wellington in 3 hours, We thought it would be like the isle of wight ferry taking 20 minutes but how wrong can we be. It was a huge boat with 5 vehicle decks and three passenger decks with cafes, sun deck and other levels where passengers can watch TV or sleep. Fran saw a pod of dolphins swimming near the ferry. We headed for a local campsite in Wellington for the night. It was like a supermarket carpark behind a Travelodge calling itself a Motor Inn. Well, if people can make easy money from this then I will open one in UK. Hope camping can only get better. Bought tickets to see England play ... read more
Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo
water falls on route to Taupo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Newmarket March 6th 2015

We were very sad to say goodbye to Australia as we had such a wonderful time there for the last month. We arrived in Auckland very late as we are now three hours ahead of Australia and has taken a couple of days to get used to the time difference. We went down to the marina yesterday but are finding the car parking quite expensive - $6/£3 for half an hour. we are going to investigate a few of the sights today - Mount Eden and One Tree Hill - hope we can find our way around without a sat nav. Have had to use my phone for google maps a couple of times to find the right way - just checked my phone bill so won't be using my phone again as a sat nav!!!! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 6th 2015

An early start at 6am, as I still had some last minute packing and other things to do before our driver picked us up at 8am. All the other family members were busy doing stuff this weekend – Nat was up to her armpits with performances for the stage show, “Phantom of the Opera” that she was currently appearing in, so Justin was being Mr. Mom to their four kids at their place and, Jen was up in the Hunter Valley for a Manager’s Conference so, with all our usual taxi drivers otherwise engaged, Jen had arranged for a car and driver to pick us up and take us to the airport to catch our flight. Brother Glenn, sister-in-law Bonnie, husband Ted and myself, were flying to Auckland today to pick up our cruise on the ... read more
Our flight path today
Downtown Sydney far below us
Leaving Oz behind us

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 5th 2015

On était 4 (dont 3 germanophones) à louer une voiture pour s'échapper un peu de la ville ce jeudi. C'était génial ! Pas de frayeurs sur la route, juste un petit oubli du fameux "Keep left!" des pays anglo-saxons... Et voilà ce qu'on trouve à 1 heure de route d'Auckland sur la côte ouest, c'est fantastique. Avec tous ces surfeurs qui regardaient le coucher du soleil depuis l'océan, ça semblait être un jeudi normal en Nouvelle-Zélande... Douceur de vivre pour les résidents ! Rien à voir mais je passe au niveau "Advanced" en anglais, j'ai fait de bons progrès. Et on m'a redit que je n'avais pas d'accent français, je suis trop fier ! D'autres nouvelles dans les prochains jours... Le week-end prochain sera (probablement) consacré à la visite des lieux du tournage du Seigneur des ... read more
Lion Rock
Piha Beach (2)
Piha Beach (3)

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 24th 2015

There's an expression that truth can be stranger than fiction, and you would hardly believe this story except for one thing, it happens to be true! My visit to Auckland was supposed to be an overnight stopover, before flying on to Tonga to enjoy the sites in my final South Pacific destination for this trip. I had flown from Apia in Samoa on Air New Zealand with a stopover in the largest city of NZ, and got up early for the ongoing flight next morning after spending an enjoyable night at a central Auckland hostel. Getting formalities done at check in and customs was a breeze, and before long we were up in the air watching the inflight instructions on the screens produced with a clever Middle Earth theme. Everything was fine, and the food and ... read more
Auckland waterfront
Beautiful building
Tommy Rooney meets Jo Trouble

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