Our last day in the southern hemisphere.

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Apr 02, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, February 23, 2009

Our flight was at 7pm so we had several hours to kill after leaving our motel at 10am!  We had managed to dispose of all unnecessary weight from our luggage - toilet rolls, four pillows, a map book of New Zealand, a couple of pairs of shorts, a bikini, some food, cleaning materials, etc, etc - by offering it to the cleaning lady who was more than happy to relieve us of it!  We weren't worried about our weight allowance as Yvonne had checked with Air New Zealand who confirmed we were entitled to two pieces of luggage of 23kgs each and hand luggage so we were well within limits but there is no point carrying 12 loo rolls around America and back to England - so we settled for just two! (For emergencies of course!)
We spent the day at a local butterfly farm which had a number of other attractions.  We managed to eke that out for a couple of hours, looking at fish, insects, butterflies and some farmyard animals; playing in the playground for a while and then having a ten minute train ride which went round twice to make up the time!
We then drove around awhile and Steven went to sleep so we sat in a supermarket car park until he woke!  Fully refreshed we took the hire car back and went to the airport.  D was gutted - in the bookshop there was the 'plop-up' version of 'The Mole who knew it was none of his business' with tabs to pull to get the full benefit of the action in the story.  Yvonne suggested it was an unnecessary purchase and maybe some things are better left to the imagination!
Having purchased sufficient sticker books for the journey, we headed off to our flight.  We boarded the flight and Steven got stuck straight into Disney Playhouse channel and was settled.  One of the (few) advantages of travelling with a three year old is the queue jumping!  We even got on ahead of the first class passengers on this flight and we were waved through the security check queues ahead of others!  Although we were then delayed as they wanted to check Steven's rucksack as he had so many Bob the Builder vehicles in it the lady on the scanner wasn't sure about it.
The flight was good as it was an out and out night flight, so we had a meal and the lights were dimmed and Steven slept solidly through, not even waking when the lights went up and announcements were being made about breakfast.  He did eventually wake but refused breakfast in favour of the Disney Playhouse channel again.  This boy has become so blasť about travelling! This came as a great relief to his parents as we were not looking forward to this flight.
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