Gulf Harbour Lodge
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... to the 51st floor where we had the most breathtaking 360 views out over the harbour and its surrounds. A fantastic introduction to NZ! Met up with Mark Miller (ex Stour Valley Ranger) after work for a couple of beers to hear more about the place from a now local! We stayed out in to the evening and made the most of steak night with a very nice one each along with a bottle of NZ red, most ...
Divide and conquer was the plan this morning. Group breakfast and then head our separate ways to achieve the morning tasks. Fiona - Pilates teaching, Matt and big girls - food procurement, Jen - supervise the little three and keep the house from looking like a battle zone. All tasks achieved!
In the interest of public record, it was a rather wet and windy day...backing up ...
... extremely clear sea. It was if we had walked onto a film set, it was perfect, and a wonderful way to start the trip. It is weird how quickly everyone began to bond, they are such a nice bunch. I am one of the eldest, but not THE eldest. Within about half an hour of being on the bus I had already found someone to spilt food shopping with to save money. Most people are travelling alone, and I think being in a group of strangers who are going through ...
We started this adventure by being dropped off at the Toronto airport by a very kind Mr. Friesen. We checked in our baggage (Natalie's was just at the limit- 51 lbs.- phew!) and cleared customs into the US part of the airport. There, Natalie enjoyed her last Tim Horton's coffee for a month ;)
The flight to LA was uneventful. We both watched the Oscar-nominated movie "Her" on the plane. Our lay-over was short in LAX, ...
... until the right time presented itself.
In Auckland, we stayed with one of Lloyd’s old London housemate’s (Tim) mom, Mary-Anne. She and her husband Neil showed us a great time. They are into hot rods (old motorcars) and took us to a Saturday morning show. Their 2 cars were also on display. One of them has small silver skulls on the gear shift and door nobs. Very hardcore. The car show was great fun, with a live band playing golden oldie music ...