The Flights

Trip Start Jul 10, 2013
Trip End Jan 06, 2014

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Flag of New Zealand  , Northland,
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Flight from LA was really good. I was very impressed with the service, food, entertainment and all around experience delivered by Qantas. We flew into Sydney, arriving at 07h40 after 15 hours in the airplane (Airbus 380) and only had a short wait in international transfers before we boarded the plane to Auckland. (Just happened to be boarding the plane at the gate next to the Aussie Rugby team flying off to Queenstown for the Bledisloe Cup game in Dunedin on Saturday)
It is just a short 3 hour flight which again went really well - even managed to watch a movie!!! We arrived in Auckland at 14h40 to great views from the plane. It was a beautiful day. Customs was pretty painless but because we had a tent that needed to be checked - we took a bit longer taking all of our luggage through the x-ray and our tent being physically inspected. No real problems at all and we were through at about 15h45. Give the campervan company a call and we were collected at 16h00 after sorting out a local SIM card for the iPhone and iPad. Quick review of the campervan and we were off on the road. Back driving on the correct side of the road again was not too much of a problem and we were on our way up to Bay of Islands to my cousin Michael & his wife, Sarah and daughter Aurora. It was a beautiful drive up and we had great fun listening to the Tourist radio GPS technology that we had been given. It gave us some great insights into the areas that we were driving through. This will be a great way to identify some of the places to visit and stay while we are here.
We eventually made it through to Oromahoe and it was great to see Michael again (we worked out first time in 30 years) and meeting Sarah and Aurora. We had a quick bite eat chatted for a bit while the kids played together and then were in the campervan sleeping!!!
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