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New Zealand 2020

by on Mar.10, 2020, under Happenings

On  Saturday, February 15 we left Savannah for a two-hour forty-minute flight to Houston, then the fifteen-hour flight to New Zealand on Air New Zeland. The Air New Zealand flight was very good or at least as good as a fifteen-hour flight can be. We arrived in Auckland early in the morning where we were met by the Seasonz representative who had us in the car in short order being driven to the Auckland Hilton. We had booked the room the night before so we were taken directly to our room. We showered had lunch and met our guide for a tour of the city . The tour included a visit to the Auckland Memorial Museum which includes an extensive Mauri (Indigenous people) exhibit as well as the memorial to the World War I New Zealanders who were lost. We then drove around the city as well as the quaint suburb of Parnell. In the evening we dined at a waterfront restaurant called Soul and I had two of my New Zealand favorites, local oysters and White Bait then finished with a Pavlova for dessert.

The City of Auckland has grown and changed dramatically since I had last visited. Our stay was just one night and we left the next day which was Feb 17 since we lost a day traveling across the international dateline. The rest of our trip would take us to three Lodges on the North Island and One on the South Island over the next two weeks. Our next stop would be The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs which is on the East Coast (Pacific Ocean) at the north end of the North Island.

 

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