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To bed at about 11pm with a restless nights sleep. Up at 03:45 to pack and line up again for the bus trip back to Auckland International. Thanks goodness for Velocity Gold as we ushered by the masses into premium check-in and on to the lounge for some pancakes and a nap (see photograph). What could we do?? We had to stay in Auckland if we liked it …
Day 18 - 25th March - Last Day!!!
Spent the morning at the Skytower, had lunch 'downtown' Auckland.
Dropped off Van
1741km travelled on North Island = 4057km in total .
Our last night at Airport Holiday Inn— flying home at 6.45am Friday 26th March.
We were unable to get a same-day connection from Blenheim to Norfolk Island, so had to overnight in Auckland. We were using Airpoints for the flights.
We also belong to a loyalty program called Priority Privilege which features Holiday Inn among its hotel groups. We had just enough points to get a free night, so the budget was looking …
... where the water sparkled blue and Rangitoto Island stood in bright contrast in the distance. (Get outta here Nicholas Sparks.) We stopped near the port to have lunch, at which I accidentally ate red meat for the first time in years :0 I thought I might cry (I exaggerate), but we quickly sorted out that mix up and the veggie pasta I got in place was quite nice.
A quick stop at home ...
... There are so many hiking possibilities in New Zealand. One can find tracks everywhere from the very popular (and a bit over-rated) "Great Walks" to amazing lesser-known tracks. Tracks are usually very well maintained and there is lots of information and signage available to make hiking very convenient.
What also made a lasting impression on me is the difference in coastal areas, not only betwen the coast facing the Tasman Sea in the West and the one facing the Pacific Ocean in ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We stayed one night while waiting for a flight. The airport transfer bus at $10 per person is well worth it; punctual and helpful. The basic room was still good, comfortable king size bed, practical furniture and a good shower-over-bath. Service was helpful and friendly. Restaurant is hardly flash, but has a good menu at reasonable cost with good-size portions. The pizza bread is in fact a whole pizza. No complaints at all.
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