Monday, February 15, 2016

Most Wonderful Adventure.

Just wanted to check in a let everyone know all is well.  Even after another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ.   We managed to get all our connections and arrive with our luggage in tow!  We arrived an hour early in Sydney, AU after a 14 hour flight.  There was a little one who screamed forever on the flight, though.

We stayed in a wonderful old hotel in Auckland attached to a tavern.  The unfortunate part was the 60 stairs you had to climb to the room.  The hotel staff was very gracious and took our big luggage for us.  

Our first day in Auckland was amazing.  We had booked a tour and were picked up at our hotel.  I had a little tumble tripping over an area which was dug out and covered with gravel.  No worries!  We headed north outside the city.  First stop was a wonderful craft market, where every thing was locally made, not made in China.  I am a sucker for this kind of shop, since I am a crafter myself.  Next we headed into the wine region of the north island.
The maori culture is very evident! The Matua winery, which means chief.
Our next stop was along the western shoreline of New Zealand.  The sand is black because of the volcanoes.  Beyond beautiful.

Surfers in the water.
Bird colony - ganets.

More to come!


Lisa said...

Oh wow, what amazing pictures!! It sounds like you are having such a fabulous time!! I've been to Australia and I so wish I had taken the time to visit New Zealand, too!! What a beautiful place!! Have a great time!! Can't wait to see more pics!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Susanne said...

Splendid post - thanks for letting us tag along.