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After an early morning relaxing around Gulf Harbour we set off for Auckland for an overnight stay in a 'Quest Motel' (very nice). The girls going to watch the mens semi-final at the ADP tennis tournament and Gav and myself to watch the 20-20 test series between New Zealand & Pakistan in the National Stadium (Eden Park). Gav and I went for a few …
... the case. What we probably didn't expect was how much seeing the world through your children's eyes, enabled Jan and I to appreciate those same wonders for ourselves. We've built a deeper connection to each child and become a stronger family unit, and ultimately that is the best achievement of such a journey as anything else.
Losing Alison (Jan's Mum) during this time certainly reminded us that you've got ...
... our flight which was planning to board 3 hours later. We got on the plane and settled in for take off. For dinner on the plane we had chicken curry with rice, potato salad which was gross and bread. After that I tried to watch Fast and Furious 7 but my tv thing keep freezing, so in the end I just went to sleep. Trying to get to sleep was alright it was just quite uncomfortable lying up straight. I got about 4 hours sleep, which I thought was alright considering I had to sleep up ...
The drive up to Lake Tekapo took a while (maybe 4 hours) and it was cloudy and drizzling rain, but it was still pretty scenic. One of the highlights of the drive should have been the view of Mount Cook from the opposite side of the Alps from where we had driven south down the west coast a week earlier. However, the cloud was too heavy and we just saw the first half of most mountains. Also, we drove right past where the Tasman Glacier is, and, although we couldn't ...
... look in a giftshop there and we were able to find the Fijian flag pins! Then, as most of us didn't have lunch, we decided to stop at a cafe/pizzeria. I ordered a banana orange smoothie and a chocolate muffin. Both were delicious! Then we headed straight onto our flight. The flight was about 2.5 hours and our plane was AWESOME. I opted to watch The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The flight was smooth and we arrived in Auckland at around 4:45. ...