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
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: 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
Friends, especially those of you who've been to (or live in!) New Zealand, I need your help. My family is going to New Zealand December 22 to January 5; my husband's uncle and cousins live there and are putting us all up at their place in Aukland. We're arriving a week earlier than the rest … Continue reading New Zealand: Halp!