Lake Wakatipu from Coronet Peak

After the trip

Since our great holiday I’ve been working through the many thousands of photos that I took over our 6 week journey. I’ll post interesting photos and snippets of information as I come across it. Hope you find it useful and interesting!

AirNZ's Smaug 777

Arrived Home to Wales via a Dragon

Well, after a long flight from LA to London Heathrow we arrived home on Saturday. We flew on AirNZ’s Smaug liveried 777-300 which is a great plane. Given that we’ve travelled on 6 different planes over the past few weeks we were pretty impressed by AirNZ overall. Comfortable planes and great service.

But the jetlag is already kicking in. Shattered on Saturday evening and then woken very early on Sunday.

More photos on the way 🙂

Academy Awards by Rachel Jackson -

Heading back home and thank yous

Anne here . . . Friday 2nd May

So it’s time to go home. We have had the most incredible five weeks, genuinely the trip of a lifetime.

And as we are in Los Angeles, I am going to take the opportunity to make some Hollywood style thank yous because without all the following absolutely wonderful help and support, this trip genuinely wouldn’t have been possible.

  • our employers for letting us take so much holiday leave in one go (thank you Kath)
  • the help, support and trips out for my mum (especially Audrey)
  • my team in work – a really huge thank you
  • Pat and John for looking after our grumpy cat, also many thanks to John for the lift and for looking after our house.
  • The absolutely wonderful friends who have hosted and looked after us at various times along the way especially Gregg, Liz and Graham, Chris and Belinda Amelia and Ben, Kate Hayden, Max and Zac, Lisa and Gordon, Kate in Coromandel and finally Mike in Fiji. Your friendship is very very special to us and enriched the trip immeasurably.
  • Our family who are special beyond words, particularly Kieran, Sue and mum
  • Carole, Sandra and others who have popped in to see Bryn
  • Everyone else who has helped and supported us, we really appreciate you
  • But finally two ginormous thank yous – to my sister, Sue, genuinely without your support we wouldn’t have made it to Heathrow let alone around the world, you are an absolute hero and we are hugely indebted to you
  • and secondly to my travelling companion and the love of my life, Paul.

Hope I didn’t go on too long and no tears unlike Hollywood stars.

Thank you for being interested in our trip.

Some factoids to finish: we didn’t see a kiwi bird, the only kiwi fruit I ate was in the US, we were away for 37 nights, we drove 3,900 kilometres in New Zealand and Paul took 3,500 photos throughout the trip.


Post photo – Academy Awards by Rachel Jackson on Flickr – with thanks.