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Loveday’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 03 Oct 2007

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

MapDay 1 - AUCKLAND

Arrived in Auckland on Flight One Eight SEX. Collected the hire car in pouring rain to meet the 4 o'clock regular traffic jam in downtown Auckland. Visited One Tree Hill and John had his photo taken with sheep - lawn mowers!

Lost heavily at Sky Tower Casino.

Day 2 - AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS

I have not worked out Auckland weather yet - we had hail, squalls, rain and blue skies all within the first half hour. Visited the SkyTower - too windy for the sky jump and John was upset!!!!!

Travelled north through sheep and dairy cattle country - beautiful scenery. Not used to all the green!!! Passed through Dargaville - the Kumara Capital of NZ (sweet potatoes).

Arrived at Absolute Bliss in Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Totally impressed with our B & B which was upgraded to an apartment. Excellent views of the Bay - Absolute Bliss - pure luxury.

Day 3 - BAY OF ISLANDS

A perfect day with blue skies and the water was like glass. Took a half day trip around the Bay of Islands. Went through the famous Hole in the Rock - twice!

Visited the township of Russell - the historic first capital of NZ. John had his Red Lion Beer at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel - the first hotel in NZ.

Visited Waitangi Treaty House and had to take our shoes off in the Maori Meeting House. John 'touched' the giant waka - war canoe.