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  • Day63

    Auckland, New Zealand

    December 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Landed about 10.30am, declared our muddy shoes to the customs man, who then waved us quickly through. Took a free transfer to get our lucky camper. Home for the next 3 weeks. Self contained with shower, toilet and only 500,000 km on the clock.
    Picked ourselves up some bedding and costed up getting camping kit from a local shop called warehouse. We decided that hiring would be cheaper as and when needed.
    Scoffed a dirty burger and went to a very overdue laundry spot. I think the pants must have made their full way around the back to front, inside out, back to front inside out cycle. T shirts were becoming as my dad describes them 'full'.
    The air con was not working in our not so lucky camper so went back to the rental place to negotiate some money off. Money saved will pay for a few NZ wine tasting tours I'm sure. 🍾🍷
    Knackered, we went to the nearest campsite for showers and route planning. Since Hannah has been to New Zealand before she fell asleep, so I have now planned the whole route for the next 3 weeks. Whoop. Tomorrows first activity, camera shopping 😁.
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  • Day87

    Raurimu > Hamilton > Auckland

    March 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Abschied und Wiedersehen. Beides lag an diesem Tag dicht beisammen. Zuerst fuhren wir von unserer urigen Scheune zu Zavier und Emilia und setzten Heather ab. Keine 5 Minuten später hatten wir Kolja aus Bremerhaven an Bord, der auch nach Sandringham wollte. Hier besuchten wir Ricky und Ellen, bei denen wir eine wunderbare Tour durch den Garten bekommen haben. Nach einem leckeren Mittagessen im Park ging es weiter nach Auckland. Snackzeit bei Macushla, Olivia, James und der Katze Lexi mit Blick auf den Hafen. Gleich danach ging es 100m weiter um mit Vena auf unser Wiedersehen anzustoßen. Jetzt checken wir noch in unserer Suite ein und lassen den Abend ausklingen.Read more

    Ein Treffen mit Vena, Super!!! Wünsche Euch weiterhin alles Glück der Welt. Gute Fahrt. Guten Flug. Bis bald. Bleibt Gesund. 👍🏻👍🏻❤️🌍😘

    3/22/20Reply
    Heather Cunningham

    Travel safe my darling honeymooners

    3/23/20Reply
     
  • Day122

    Iso day 3

    October 26, 2021 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    As I type this it is almost the end of day 3 and we are doing okay. It is a wet afternoon here and we have been confined to our rooms this afternoon as it is another Covid test day. This will be our third test in less than a week and so far all good. I found out that all children over 6 months have to have the same number of tests as the adults, poor little things.

    On Wednesday morning we got our first negative result and were issued with blue wrist bands. This means we are allowed to go outside for daily exercise and for a smoke if you wish. Our exercise yard is the car park in front of the hotel and we can see it from our room so provides some entertainment as well. In the main exercise area you are not allowed any equipment such as balls or skipping ropes and you can only walk.

    If you want to run there is a smaller caged off area where one person at a time can be running lengths. Regan used this area this morning for a few lengths to get the heart rate up. Twice a day there are family sessions where the larger area is divided into smaller spaces and each family bubble have a space to play. One family pretty much filled their are with chalk drawings on the pavement. I look forward to their next artwork as it poured with rain last night so a blank canvas for them.

    The food so far has been good and the misses have been more about what we felt like rather than the quality. This morning for breakfast we had a salami bagel with pickles which tasted good but a bit full on for breakfast. In the morning we also get a drink, fruit and a sweet treat. There is plenty of food and we are amassing a treat pile already.

    We placed a supermarket order which arrived today and will give us a option if the menu doesn’t appeal. We were also allowed to order a small amount of wine this time. They will release it to us slowly over the stay. We are allowed one bottle of wine per person per day which is plenty for us!

    We have been keeping ourselves very busy starting the job hunting and sorting out all the admin tasks we need to do now we are permanently living back in NZ. So no Netflix bingeing as yet.

    The rules for people returning to NZ have changed. Managed isolation will reduce from 14 days to 7 days with a 3 day home isolation after that. Unfortunately this doesn’t start until 14th November which means we still have to stay here. Our timing was a bit early to cash in on the relaxing of the rules.
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  • Day127

    Day 6 Iso

    October 31, 2021 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Almost halfway through and really it has gone pretty quick so far. Today is our third test although we are still waiting for the results of the second test. After this one we get a break until day 12. We have also settled into a bit of a routine, we try to get an exercise slot mid afternoon as this seems to be the longest stretch of the day.

    On Friday afternoon we were surprised with two unexpected deliveries. The first was a beautiful bag of gourmet treats from Regan’s sister including a bottle of Pinot. Not long after it was delivered there was a second knock at the door (such an exciting event) and the hotel delivered chips and fizzy. I am interested to try the feijoa one with gin soon.

    Friday night we had a shared drinks catch up with Judy and Grant and then did a Campbell family call on Saturday morning. It was our chance to freak Emily and Fredrik out with tales from iso. They arrive from UK early in December and are lucky to only have 7 days of managed isolation due to recent changes. Sadly we missed out on the change. Our exercise was at midday so the morning went really quickly

    The afternoon was wet and seemed to go by very slowly. I tried to break up the afternoon with a coffee treat and some yoga and a pre-dinner drink. We had managed to secure a second exercise slot for 8pm as we are struggling a bit to digest dinner in a room which is only 11 steps from one end to the other.

    At 8pm we headed outside, it was still raining so we donned jacket and I had an umbrella. It is not fun walking in the rain with a face mask on but we were desperate to be out. I caused a bit of a drama as one of my ear buds fell out into a garden with a large bush. I ended up with two lovely defence people helping me hunt it out in the pouring rain. Luckily they were white and one of the guys spotted it amongst the leaf mulch. I was very thankful as I have only had them for a week.

    Sunday is housekeeping day so we request what we need and it is dropped off outside our door. We are confined to our rooms this afternoon due to covid testing so our exercise was early this morning. We have requested another session tonight but due to the restricted number of exercise sessions we are on a waiting list at this stage. I feel a Netflix binge coming on.
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    Jackie. Australia Dewar

    Have you got SBS I thoroughly enjoyed An Ordinary Woman, Russian with subtitles. Don't try to read the texts on phone, you miss the English below LOL (and who can speak Russian anyway) 2 series about 18 episodes in total.... You have done your share of isolation, we are wondering about trying NSW again this Xmas and having the border snap shut at a minutes notice..... hope your time is near over now as I see this was posted a while ago...xxxx

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  • Day122

    NZ soil under our feet

    October 26, 2021 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Very early start yesterday we both woke at 3am and decided we might as well adjust to the NZ time zone. Friends picked us up at 5:30 and dropped us at the airport before 6am. Check in was quite straightforward although there was a list of things to show (Covid test results, MIQ voucher, and normal passport check). I was surprised we were not asked to show our vaccination status but I think changes with this come in shortly.

    We were surprised to see duty free open on the other side of departures but nothing else. I had been banking on an early morning latte before we boarded but no luck. The plane boarded early with all 34 passengers and we departed early which was a bonus. Like last time we were surprised to have three family groups with small children heading home. We had the full package so enjoyed some refreshments and movies so the 6 hours went quickly.

    Arrival into NZ was quite different this time. First stop the health screening and temperature check, next was immigration where they checked our Covid test result and then two stops for Biosecurity. You don’t collect your luggage anymore and as we had declared some items including some beef jerky bites they had to find our suitcase to check the ingredients. There was no pork in them so all good.

    Out to transfer where we finally found out our hotel. We are at the Sudima at Auckland airport so the drive was super quick although we had a wait on the bus for another group to check in. Pretty smooth process with reception check in and handing over of snack pack for dinner. Next was confirmation of contact details for Covid testing. Again no handling of our bags they were bought up later and we made it to the room around 9pm 2 hours after we landed.

    Our room is definitely not as luxurious as last time but by moving some furniture around and sorting out the storage we think we will make it work. Thank goodness for 4 months living in the small space of a caravan as preparation. We are missing a small table which could be challenging as we need to do some job hunting which will require a large amount of computer work.

    First breakfast received and enjoyed, fingers crossed this is an indication of the quality to come all week. No opportunity to choose your menu across a few days like last time but can swap out the default for a vegetarian option if we wish. We have our first Covid test this morning as we are travelling from a high risk country ( ironic as WA has only had a handful of cases over the past 18 months). We are not allowed to exercise until we return a negative result so any good YouTube workouts would be gratefully received.
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    Gerard Hansen

    great to have you back in nz

    10/25/21Reply
     
  • Day131

    Day 10 Iso

    November 4, 2021 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    So we are getting towards the pointy end of the isolation experience. Things are pretty routine and even the nightly menus are not so exciting. The end is close but not quite close enough. We have had a few days break from the Covid testing which we have enjoyed. Our last test before freedom is tomorrow.

    Tuesday and Wednesday went quite quickly as both Regan and I have had follow up enquires regarding some work opportunities we had applied for last week. Nothing concrete yet but it appears we might both have interviews next week when we are back in Christchurch so fingers crossed.

    They have extended our walking area - the same car park but three bays now rather than 2. About 150metres loop. It is good news for us as each session can have more people. We have been able to do two sessions each day. We try to do one early in the morning and then the second one later in the afternoon. Podcasts have been my saviour to distract from the endless loops.

    The food has continued to be plentiful but of course because we can’t choose it is losing some of the appeal. We have had a few days where there has been a creamy sauce on at least one meal. I have started to order the vegetarian option to try and get something a little plainer. The hotel is celebrating Diwali today so we had a nice Indian lunch with sweets to follow.

    When we entered isolation we had two MIQ task lists running. The first being the boring tasks we just need to get done such as tax returns, getting the truck and caravan re-registered and insured for example. The second list was more fun items such as yoga, painting, embroidery, book reading and Netflix bingeing. We did a task list check this morning and we have been very productive.

    We have decided to fly back to Christchurch on Monday night. The road trip we had initially planned sort of unravelled with the level 3 restrictions in place in Auckland and Waikato. We are allowed to leave MIQ an hour early in order to make the flight so only 4 sleeps to go now and a very long day on Monday.
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  • Day73

    Neustart: Wir holen unseren neuen Camper

    February 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Am Abend zuvor haben wir uns ein Hotel in der Nähe der Camper Vermietung gesucht.
    Check out ist wie gewohnt um 10 Uhr. Wir sind relativ früh wach und gehen in das Fitnessstudio des Hotels. Unseren Camper können wir erst am Nachmittag abholen. Die Polizei informiert uns über die Möglichkeiten unser Gepäck nach Bergung wieder zu erhalten und die Schritte, die wir hierfür einzuleiten hätten.

    Am Nachmittag verbringen wir 4 Std. bei der Campervermietung. Die Mitarbeiter sind mal wieder dermaßen unkoordiniert, unorganisiert, unvorbereitet, gestresst und von den (teuer bezahlten) Wünschen ihrer Kunden genervt. Wir sehen es mittlerweile sportlich alle Einzelheiten unserer "Bestellung" nochmal nachfragen zu müssen. Verständnis haben wir allerdings nicht.

    Während wir warten lernen wir Alex und Ina aus Berlin kennen, die gerade erst in Neuseeland angekommen sind, aber schon eine lange Reise hinter sich haben. Die Zeit der Warterei vergeht daher relativ schnell.

    Der neue Camper sieht dem alten tatsächlich ähnlich. Wer hätte das gedacht. Genauso gut ist er nicht, aber gut, wir wollen endlich wieder auf die Straße.

    Nach erneutem Großeinkauf soll es als Erstes in den fernen Norden von Neuseeland gehen.
    Wir finden an einer Flussmündung in einer kleinen Stadt einen Platz zum Übernachten. Der Platz ist perfekt, da wir am nächsten Morgen früh auf den Markt gehen wollen.
    Der Abend gestaltet sich zudem als sehr interessant, nachdem wir auf dem Platz zwei angetrunken Neuseeländerinnen kennenlernen 😉
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  • Day42

    In der Piratenbucht

    January 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Da wir in Auckland auf Nummer Sicher gehen wollten, nahmen wir den Inlandsflug einen Tag vor dem großen Heimflug. Das hieß, dass wir noch mal eine Nacht in Auckland verbrachten. Um uns den Stress mit Transfer in die Stadt usw. zu sparen, haben wir gleich mal ein Ibes Budget am Flughafen gebucht. Wir nahmen an, dass wir uns die 24 Stunden um das Flughafengelände krampfhaft mit irgendwas beschäftigen werden müssen, doch weit gefehlt. Neuseeland überraschte uns auch hier noch mal.

    Zunächst war es ungewohnt bequem mit den Koffern vom Terminal 800m zum Hotel zu laufen. Überall waren Fußwege mit abgesenkten Bordsteinen.
    Das Hotel selbst war auch sehr angenehm. Direkt daneben gab es eine kleine Ladenzeile mit einem Cafe für ein potentielles Frühstück und einen Supermarkt. Dort haben wir gleich mal Wasser geholt und unsere Lieblingssüßigkeiten für Zuhause gekauft.

    Das beste war aber eine Art kleiner Erlebnispark unweit des Hotels mit verschiedenen Attraktionen. Für den Abend entschieden wir uns für eine Runde Minigolf im "Treasure Island Adventure Minigolf", vor Allem, weil das noch bis 21 Uhr offen hatte. Auf dem Weg dahin gab es sogar eine nette Spazierstrecke durch den Auckland Airport Sculpture Park. Um einen beschaulichen Teich waren ein paar nette Kunstobjekte ausgestellt.

    Das Minigolf wurde nicht auf glattem Beton sondern hügeligem Kunstrasen gespielt. Doch das eigentliche Highlight war die Deko drum herum. Die ganze Anlage folgte einem Piraten-Thema mit dementsprechenden Figuren, Booten, Palmen etc. Man spielt sogar in einer Schatzgrotte und auf einem kleinen Schiff. Alles sehr detailreich und unterhaltsam gestaltet. Es bestand auch häufiger die Gefahr, dass die Bälle einfach mal einen Wasserfall runter fallen.
    Wir starteten mit der "anspruchsvolleren" Runde. Da wir daran so viel Spaß hatten, machten wir zum halben Preis gleich noch die zweite Runde. Pro Runde gab es 18 Bahnen und wir fanden, dass man damit für seinen Preis (15NZ$ - 9€ p.P.) durchaus was geboten bekam.
    Bis hierin reichte Lisas Glückssträhne aus Rotorua leider nicht und Thomas siegte haushoch in beiden Runden.
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  • Day41

    5-3 Terug in Ambury Park

    March 5, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Gisteravond een prachtige zonsondergang, eindeloos kroelen met de honden, gezellig kletsen met Penny en Anita en later buiten met fietser Tim.
    Na net zo'n mooie zonsopgang vanochtend wordt de dag daarna een heel stuk sneller niet zo leuk dan ik al gepland had. Na 10 km of zo wordt het al druk en veel alternatieve routes zijn er niet omdat je steeds over een rivier of spoorweg of zo moet. Héél bijzonder ook de cycle lanes die om de klipklep ook gewoon weer verdwijnen. Volgens mij is het veiliger om ze dan maar helemaal niet te hebben. Ik blijf hopen op betere tijden, maar tot ín Ambury Park is het pet. En wat is Ambury dan een oase, zó gaaf. Ik had me zorgen gemaakt over het betalen, omdat dat alleen online kan. Maar er is nu een kampmannetje. Omdat ik zelf naar hem toe kom mag ik gratis! Het grasveld is nu open, blijkt het een hele gave camping te zijn! Enig nadeel: mijn kont doet zeer, zit niet zo lekker. Ik ben bekaf. Misschien blijf ik wel weer een extra nachtje.Read more

    Joke Rijken van Olst

    Mooi!

    3/5/19Reply
    Rino Voogd

    Weer prachtige foto's. Vooral de eerste. Mijn hart en biologische klok zijn nog in NZ. Mijn lichaam helaas al op het werk in Almelo. Je hebt nog een paar mooie weken in NZ geniet er van.

    3/5/19Reply
    Monique Hermans

    Wat een mooie beelden weer!😊 Dat van die rivieren en sporen is heel herkenbaar. Dat zijn nou eenmaal van die obstakels waar je niet omheen kan... Ook voor wandelaars heel storend😾

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  • Day89

    22-4 Ambury Park: Mangere Mountain

    April 22, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nieuw Zeeland is lief en maakt het afscheid makkelijker.
    Ik kan nog droog koffie zetten, maar moet binnen ontbijten. Daarna droog boodschappen, maar na de lunch gaat het mis. Ik wandel in een vaag miezertje naar Mangere Mountain, maar voordat ik daar ben is het een volwaardige bui. Maar toch doorlopen, het is maar water. De berg is niet zo hoog en ik ben benieuwd wat je van deze vulkaan ziet aan de "binnenkant". Hartstikke leuk, er is een lava Dome in het midden. Ik ga zo snel mogelijk terug naar de tent, want inmiddels stort het.
    En dat blijft zo de rest van de middag. Handig! Want mijn tent lekt echt als een gieter. Morgen nog even langs Torpedo 7. Kan je nagaan wat een mooi weer ik aldoor gehad heb! Klein buitje trekt ie nog, maar het moet dus niet echt nat worden.
    Inmiddels ben ik ook al online ingecheckt. Twee raamplaatsen! Hoera! Wat zal ik slapen! Morgen hotel, wat een goed idee van mezelf, kan alles nog even drogen, al heb ik geen last van de tent dus.
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    Edo en Ilse

    Krijg toch Frank Sinatra's My Way in mijn hoofd nu.... 'and now, the end is near, and I can raise, the final curtain' 😘 E.

    4/22/19Reply
    Monique Hermans

    Wow, mooie foto, ondanks de donkere wolken ☁️🌧️😉

    4/22/19Reply
    Monique Hermans

    Nog 1 nachtje slapen en dan vliegen..?

    4/22/19Reply
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