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Arrive in Auckland

December 11, 2015

overcast 12 °C

Well we arrived safely in Auckland at 5:50AM on Friday December 11th. Weird that we completely skip a day and will never have any documentation of events for Thursday December 10th. We LOVED Air New Zealand. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We even had one stewardess approach us during the flight offering to give us a ride to Piha Beach tomorrow so we can watch the surfers. Now I've never had an Air Canada Stewardess EVER offer to assist me with anything once I've landed. Premium Economy worked out great. A good price using our RBC awards points and then purchasing the upgrade. Much more reasonable than the $5000/person difference it would have been using Aeroplan points.

Travelling with us is our Great Nephews bear he made in his grade 3 social class. NIck did not want to hibernate this winter, so asked if we could travel with us. So there will be lots of photos with him over the next month.

We are staying at the Langham Hotel in Symonds Street. Its about 20 minute walk from the harbour front. However, they have a complimentary shuttle bus every half hour that drops us off a block away from the harbour front. So it's a perfect way to get downtown. We worked all morning on various projects back home and then headed out for the afternoon to check out the harbour.

Holy Smokes, our little Northwind could fit 2-3 times on the sailboats we saw today. Amazing boats. We saw a few America's cup boats as well and a racing catamaran. The Kiwis are certainly serious about their sailing. Had lunch at Snapdragon but would not recommend it again. One of the worst Fish and Chips we've eaten, but the view was spectacular. So we can't really complain.

We are back in the room by 5:00PM, which is quite good, as we've been up approximately 36 hours and managed to get 4 hours sleep on the plane. Nick, on the otherhand, has been sleeping like a baby since we got to the hotel. He didn't even wake up to go to the harbour with us.

Tomorrow, we hope the weather is nice, as we are taking Sam - the stewardess up on her offer to drive us to the beach. Should be a fun day.

Posted by winmouse 13:00 Archived in New Zealand Tagged auckland sailboats viator_harbour

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