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Thursday 15 August, 2019

Home to New Zealand

Familiarity is a wonderful thing, but we all need a “Journey” to appreciate what is familiar to us. Let us create a “Journey” for you to our New Zealand.


Our family has just completed a fabulous 5 weeks in North America, driving 7500 miles, conquering 17 States and a touch of Canada.

This trip has however made us all realise how fortunate we are here in New Zealand. Most think that our location is a disadvantage. Quite the contrary, our location is what makes us unique, makes us different, makes us stand out, makes us US.

New Zealand does appear to be a very long way from anywhere, but hey once you are on the plane no matter where your starting point is, your journey has began. So much is about “The Journey”, the initial planning, then the preparing, then the plane ride – then the realisation you are “on your Journey”.

“Our Journey” took at least a year to become reality, and to my surprise has continued since arriving back in New Zealand. We left on the shortest day – arrived in North America to summer. Struggled with the heat but loved all those summer things, the smells, the fresh fruit, the afternoon storms, the longer days, the arid landscapes.

Upon arriving back to New Zealand, interestingly we all enjoyed coming back to winter, the days are getting longer, the mountains have snow on them, the crisp clean mornings and the green green landscapes. 3 weeks home and a day does not go by that we all appreciate what we have here in New Zealand.

 

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We had a great time. Saw a lot of the North Island. Had time to work through our “jet lag” as needed with a flexible daily schedule. Enjoyed being in NZ when the British Lions Rugby tour was taking place. You told me it was taking place, and I was expecting to see and hear lots of Rugby talk from the locals. I wasn’t expecting to see and interact with so many of the “Lions” fans as they toured the country. Someone told me there were 28,000 British fans on the “official” tour. It was a bonus. The America’s Cup races were an added interest also (except for the brutal beating the Kiwis put on the US boat).
The hotels worked out really well and the proprietors were friendly and helpful. All of our arrivals were expected and handled quickly and efficiently.
If I had anything to add in the way of improving the experience, it might be a heads-up about the wi-fi costs at “Spencer on Byron” ($20 per day), and the parking costs at "Spencer on Byron” ($20 per day) and "James Cook Hotel" in Wellington ($29). I’ve stayed in large city hotels before and know that those added expenses exist, and not controlled by you. Some info in advance would have been appreciated for our planning. Your information on the added fee for airport pick-up of the rental car was helpful and expected.
We may one day want to come back and visit the South Island.
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