NZ Day 9 (actually day 11): First Sunrise & Sunset of 2017 Hobbiton, Rotorua

New Year's Day, probably our busiest day of the whole trip, we got up at 4am to drive from Auckland to Hobbiton, which is really the only reason I saw the sun rise. Seventeen of us including Melanie  (our ever patient host) and her sister Gloria tetrised into 3 cars with luggage enough to last … Continue reading NZ Day 9 (actually day 11): First Sunrise & Sunset of 2017 Hobbiton, Rotorua

NZ Day 2

I don't have a lot of time this morning before we go to Hot Water Beach & our net connection is slow so forgive me.  Drove south, east, then north from Aukland. Lunch in Tairua. Never seen so many cows/so much cattle in one day; cattle farm (meat cows, not dairy) every 2ish miles with … Continue reading NZ Day 2

NZ Day 1

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 … Continue reading NZ Day 1