May - June 2017
  • Day24

    Camperdown Castle

    June 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sad day we left Mission Bay after visiting Melissa and Luke for 10 days to come back to Camperdown Castle. We loved our visit to New Zealand we saw many wonderful sights and undertook several exciting activities. We only had a couple of bad weather days so they did not hinder our holiday. Our only issue was 15min after arriving home John realised he had lost a bag which had his phone, sun glasses, credit card and a few bits and pieces, so we are now trying to locate them. Apart from this our holiday and experiences in New Zealand were great and we look forward to going back in the near future.Read more

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  • Day23

    Haunted House

    June 17, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    We visited the French Markets in Parnell today they are fabulous. John and Melissa had lots of food samples. While in Parnell we walked around the shopping area. We then went home for the afternoon and dinner. Melissa and Luke had a surprise for our last night and it was so much fun. They took us to "Spookers" which was a haunted house and Forest Walk. Melissa and I had a number of scares but the boys being boys just laughed at us and were not frightened at all just enjoyed the experience.Read more

  • Day22

    Dinner in the Dark

    June 16, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A lazy morning to start as Melissa was completing a few work tasks and John was mastering Sudoku. Just before lunch we walked along the "Tamaki Drive Walk" from Mission Bay to St Heliers. Before heading back we had fish and chips at a local cafe. At night we went into Auckland CBD and walked around Wynyard Quarter before experiencing "Dinner in the Dark". Dinner at start was a little uncomfortable as everything is black. Once we were used to talking to people around us and eating in the complete dark we then understood what it is like for people who are blind or sight impaired.Read more

  • Day21

    Waiheke Island

    June 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Today was great, we used public transport again this time, including a Hop On Hop Off bus around Waiheke Island. It was a little overcast so you could not appreciate the view back to Auckland or the full surrounds of Waiheke. First stop was a winery called Te Motu we tasted 5 wines and even purchased a bottle. What is different about wine tasting here is that you pay to taste the wine but you do not stand at the bar, you sit down in a beautiful setting overlooking the hills and vineyard. We then walked through the field to the next winery Stoneyridge, again you pay to taste and again in a lovely setting. This time we enjoyed our wine tasting over a nice plate of dips, bread and olives. We then jumped on the Hop on Hop off bus to the Batch winery and Thomas Bach Restaurant. Again we paid for wine tasting but we enjoyed the wines over a delicious lunch. It is a lovely way to taste the wine and experience each vineyard in a special way. After all the wines we tasted we walked around the little township before heading back to the Ferry to go back to Melissa's home. On arrival back home Luke was cooking his speciality Pizza for dinner. We had a wonderful time and starting to feel sad as our holiday is coming to an end in a few days.Read more

  • Day20

    Lazy Day

    June 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The weather was cold, wet and very windy so we decided a day of rest just lazing around the apartment was the best option. Melissa worked from home and John researched programs to edit our 1000's of photos and movies.Read more

  • Day19


    June 13, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Another great day in Auckland if you disregard the weather. It was wet and windy on our adventure today to Devonport which is a harbourside suburb of Auckland. It is located on the North Shore at the southern end of the peninsula. it is a 12 min ferry ride. We walked up to North Head - Maungauika is a volcano forming headland. This area with its view over the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour was a lookout and defence site for centuries, first for the early Maori and then the European settlers.Read more

  • Day18

    Auckland War Memorial Museum

    June 12, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We visited the museum in the morning and saw a cultural show which was quite good. We then walked through the museum for 3 hours looking at many different exhibitions. After lunch at the museum we walked into Auckland CBD via the Wintergarden.Read more

  • Day16

    Let's have a Party

    June 10, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    In the morning we went for a short walk along the waterfront and the remainder of the day was spent preparing for Melissa's Birthday Party. In the evening we had a Mexican Fiesta Birthday party and met several of Melissa and Luke's friends.Read more