Blogs from New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 24th 2015

Photos of Thomas enjoying the bath with his Daddy, visit to Great grandparents etc... read more
Turn around to wash the other side!
More hair styles

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 22nd 2015

This morning Joseph and I went for a walk in AH Reed Memorial Park then we went for a coffee and a quick trip to the supermarket before heading home for lunch!... read more
and  a special place to wipe your shoes
and cameras to watch for theives
The water is quite low today

Oceania » New Zealand April 21st 2015

What a chaotic few days cleaning, moving, and packing! 24 hours away from leaving and finally something resembling order is arising from the chaos. We still have to do a final pack and sort, but it looks like we’re going to get there. We have put our stuff in storage: some into a storage unit, some into Ma’s garage. There has been some very creative packing of the storage unit! It was going reasonably smoothly until it came time to put in our large, and very heavy, sofa-bed. Fortunately Chris has a hard head and was able to balance it while Dale and I pushed it into a gap it technically didn’t fit into. He was concerned about us dropping it and him ending up with a concussion but I figured at least his head would ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 21st 2015

This morning we walked to the new footbridge and then visited Reyburn House Art Gallery to see the pottery exhibition. Then we had morning tea/brunch at the Cafe. After a visit to Pak n Save, we went home so Thomas could have a sleep!... read more
Walk to the wave and waka
Beginning of a smile
and then a proper smile

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Rangitoto April 21st 2015

Getting out to LAX was a breeze. LAX, I can say I officially hate. Large airport, terrible signage, smoggy smelly air, Nicest TSA I've ever met, but sucks to fly international. You have to go out of the airport, take a bus then back through security to catch your plane. Just glad I don't have to do that often. We arrived into Auckland Airport about 8 am on Monday the 20th. The staff and customs are really nice. They even joked and teased. We made a quick call on the pay "tele" to the cab company. Within 40 minutes of arriving we had our luggage, went through customs, got a local phone number and had a driver calling us by name and placing our bags into the trunk of his car. We are staying at a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central April 20th 2015

Hi All, We woke in the morning, it seemed so early, probably because it was still dark outside. Jade’s car had trouble starting for about 20 minutes, her security lock on the car keys was malfunctioning, so Neil took it apart but it still wouldn’t work. When we decided to take the train we all got out of the car, at which point she said lets try the button one more time and it thankfully worked. I think it must also have a sensor on it…. We still got to the airport in plenty of time, but it did mean Jade was a little late for work (sorry Jade). We walked around the shops at Sydney aiport, but they were doing refurbishments so there were no clothes shops (disappointing). Our flight was delayed an hour too ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand April 20th 2015

Whilst we were in Australia we decided to book the Kiwi Experience coach tours as we wanted to see both North and South islands in New Zealand along with a few added extras. Having heard so many great stories about New Zealand me and Elise couldn't wait to get here and as follows... Once our plane touched down we left the airport and headed for our hostel which was an old converted prison in Christchurch, as good as it sounds and as good as it was we was only to sleep here for a mere 4 hours as our coach out of Christchurch was leaving at 6am and heading north. Now if anybody has experienced the great ocean road in Australia the ocean roads in New Zealand I think are better as the seinery is unbelievable, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 19th 2015

Today we celebrated Joseph's 30th birthday 2 days early. We had some lovely food and lots of talking. Thomas enjoyed it too!!... read more
Jennifer is the peanut butter queen
Waiting for the food
I love this photo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central April 19th 2015

I've never blogged before and at this moment don't intend to beyond this trip. However, due to the circumstances I am currently blessed to be facing it seems like a necessity. I won't pretend I am a good writer or able to provide any deep insights into the meaning of life. Rather, this cyber pit stop will serve to help my scatter brain try to keep track of my journey through New Zealand and my brief visit to Australia in July. This is also intended to keep all of you friends and family in the loop of the fun things I am getting to experience while I am here. I will be posting pictures that I deem post-worthy (NOTE TO READERS - all pictures are taken from my iPhone and will most likely be average in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 19th 2015

Quelques photos de la dernière semaine. Retour demain soir, je prends l'avion à 17h55 soit 8h du mat' lundi matin 20/04 heure européenne. Vols EK413 (Auckland-Dubaï) puis EK77 jusqu'à Nice... Je me réjouis de revoir tout le monde !... read more
From Queenstown
From the top of the Skyline (Queenstown)
Glenorchy - Lord of the Ring tour

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