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  • Day4

    Sky life

    January 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    A slow day as the boys were pretty battered after the stag.
    After a few last minute drop outs(!), Nick, Mark, Mandy and I went up the Sky Tower for lunch - a weirdly dated experience as the restaurant felt slightly stuck in the 90s.
    We didn’t manage much else as the guys were shattered, so headed home and Jonny and Cat cooked up some of the snapper the guys had caught fishing the day before, speeches were practiced and everyone had an early night.
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    Elvis Lives

    The morning after the night before, and before the night after...?

  • Day3

    Reunited with Rach

    January 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    A lazy start to the day as the boys got ready for Jonny’s stag do and Mandy and Cat headed off to the salon. I was meeting Rachel, who left the UK about a year ago and has been in NZ for the past few months. She picked me up in their converted people carrier (car up front, bed behind) and we drove over to Takapuna.
    The beach was very pretty but it was super windy so we didn’t sit, but instead walked along, and clambered up some rocks at the far end, which looked over the deserted bay beyond.
    Walking back, we went for a lovely lunch at Jam, an organic cafe in Takapuna town, before wandering over to look at Lake Pupuke which was beautiful. Popped down to the shore near the Pumphouse Theatre which looked really nice.
    After that, we drove along to Narrow Neck beach as some lifeguards on Takapuna had said that was safe to swim in today (it varies per beach, per day, depending on rainfall). When we got there, it was still v windy so we didn’t manage more than a paddle, but instead lay on the beach, chatted, and collected half the beach in our hair every time the wind blew.
    Am now less smug, more burnt.
    Eventually we had enough sand blown in our faces and decided to drive up to North Head - an ex army base on top of a (shock) VERY windy hill, which has amazing 360 views across the city and over to Montutapu island.
    We headed over to Devonport after that, where we had dinner (delish tacos) and beer (‘Brixton Pale Ale’ made in Kingsland, not Brixton, and served by a Londoner/Prestatyn-er), and headed home - with an emergency stop to buy some Whittakers en route.
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    Elvis Lives

    Well jel - thick snow today ❄️

  • Day2

    Long Bay

    January 21, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    Cat and her brother went to play golf, so the rest of us headed over to Long Bay for some beach action. Really pretty and quiet beach - sheltered at the top but pretty blustery down by the water so paddling only for me, although the boys obviously immediately threw themselves in on arrival.
    Everyone topped up their Brits Abroad burn from the day before. Smugly I somehow got away with it apart from the tops of my feet (foolish!).
    Went for a beer in a brewery on the beach near Browns Bay - had the Lotus Pale Ale which was v nice. Stopped off on the way home for some more drinks from a funny little ‘bottle shop’ offie.
    In the evening, we went out for drinks at Dr Rudis and dinner at Oyster&Chop, which was delicious and pretty fancy. Downside was I conked out at about 10 (thanks jet lag) so Nick, Mandy and I got a cab home. Fell asleep in cab. Fell asleep as soon as entered the house. Zzzzz...
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  • Day1


    January 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Arrived in Auckland after a looong flight. Jonny picked us up with his friend Mark, and drove us home via a lookout point at the sugar factory, with views back across the city.
    Met Cat, Helena, Tom and later Simon back at the house for a BBQ. Somehow made it to 9pm then totally conked out.Read more

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