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NZ day 1: Customs let us into the country! And we stayed awake *all day* despite jet lag & a crappy night of sleep sitting up in a plane. 

I’m jet lagged and basically cribbing this post from a Facebook update. If you’re not into words, scroll down for today’s meager pics.

Our generous hosts have been incredibly welcoming. Melanie made sure we kept busy & caffeinated all day, and made made a version of pho for lunch (I ate lots of mushrooms!) and a cantonese-style feast mostly from the sea for dinner with fresh sashimi (can’t remember the fish), lobster, & sea cucumber Bill caught the other day. (I ate pork intestine/tripe & I liked it!) 

We also went for a short walk in the neighborhood, H & E went swimming/hot tubbing, and Ky, E and I went with Bill & Robert to the marina (through downtown Aukland) to get the boat ready to take out, which was interesting because fueling a boat is new to us. 

The boys have 5 new-acquaintance cousins (I need a family relations chart to say what variety), 1 they already knew, 2 new aunts, and 2 new uncles. 

Tomorrow & the next day: Coromandel Peninsula & Hot Water Beach. 🙂

Farmcove Reserve, Pakuranga (I think – this was on our short walk)
Also Farmcove Reserve, Pakuranga or close to it … maybe looking toward Halfmoon Bay?
My husband looking thoughtful on the boat as we tooted along from the fuel place back to the dock
Mount Wellington from Farmcove Reserve, Pakuranga on our short walk
My favorite boat in the harbor wasn’t the shiny multimillion dollar yacht; it was this old barge looking thing that Ethan said looked like it hauled garbage
Auckland from & including Waitemata Harbour


8 responses to “NZ Day 1”

  1. PaperPuff Avatar

    Good pics! Hope you have a great trip. And Happy Christmas!

    1. Happy Christmas to you too!

  2. Ah, New Zealand. I’ve never been. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Glad you made it safely and that you had such a happy (if tiring!) first day! Have a wonderful, wonderful trip!!!

  4. Looks great so far! I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand and Australia, so I’m looking forward to seeing more from your trip. Safe travels, and Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

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