Anne here… YIKES AGAIN. We really are here again. What a privilege and a pleasure, on so many levels, to be back in New Zealand.
Anne here… YIKES there is no getting away from it. It is a very, very long journey from the UK to New Zealand. And I genuinely can’t decide whether it is better to come more or less straight through as we have done this time. Or to have an overnight stop over half way. Pros and cons for both.
BUT I can’t praise Air New Zealand enough. Just the loveliest staff, fantastic customer service throughout, great food. I have to say Premium Economy seats were worth every penny AND they were expensive, so that is saying a lot.
So 3 years ago I posted some nice Welsh daffodils in our sunny spring garden and here we are again. A week to go before Anne and I jet off to New Zealand for a month.
We’re only doing North Island this time, which is a bit of a shame as we love the scenery in South Island. But even so we’re having trouble fitting in everything that we want to do north of the Cook Strait.
We’re flying from Heathrow next Saturday to LA, a 3 hour stop-over there and then going straight on to Auckland. About 29 hours in total which is pretty daunting. Though we decided to splash out and pay for Premium Economy on AirNZ this time. Their seats on the US route look pretty amazing, so I’m hoping that we will cope OK.
Keep an eye out for regular posts, though WiFi coverage can be a bit poor in some areas. NZ hotels still charge for wifi access which is a bit old-school these days.
On with the packing….
If you’re just following our travels on this blog (not on Facebook) then it’s worth scrolling down for some new posts that we’ve recently added to fill in some of the gaps that we missed.
They are in date order of when things happened, rather than when we added the post.
Saturday 26th April 2014
When we arrived in Auckland many moons ago, all we really saw was the airport hotel. Last night we had a room (in the Quality Hotel, Parnell, Auckland) with a really spectacular view of Auckland by night. We have one day left to explore this huge city of 1.4 million inhabitants.
We started our last day with a fascinating morning in Auckland’s War Memorial Museum. The New Zealand museums really are excellent. Unexpectedly we spent a very happy hour looking at about 100 superb wildlife photos which made the final of the BBC Wildlife Magazine annual photography competition. We didn’t always agree with the judges’ choice of category winner but deciding on our choices for winners was half the fun.
We then spent another couple of hours looking at the exhibitions on Maori culture and the military history of New Zealand. There was so much more that we didn’t have time for . . .
Then a fantastic trip up (initially to the 52nd then the 60th floor) of the famous Auckland Sky Tower (a really lovely treat from Sian, Sian and Michael). The views were panoramic (photo at the top of this post) and gave us a much better idea of the geography of the city, including its volcanic hills, bays and the port.
Tomorrow we fly out of Auckland airport, but only as far as Fiji!
However I suspect that it will be the end of the blog entries for a little while . . .