Sunday, August 17, 2014

Initial Sightings in Warwick

We allocated 4 days to find a house and buy a car. The car was easy, Allen Ford found us a Focus and it was ready by the Friday. The house took a bit more finding but we have a 4 bedroom house in Warwick about 20 mins from my new school in Kenilworth.

Back in the UK

We landed 11:20am on Thursday 7th August and headed to Hatfield to see Ivy and Bob.

Saturday – Lunch in Leeds with Mum and Dad, Jane and her bloke Phil.


Sunday – The Deep and then Lunch with Daisy and her Mum and Dad

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Monday – York and fish and chips for lunch with the annual trip to Clifford’s Tower

In Auckland ready to fly

We spent the night at the Kiwi hotel, can you see where it got it’s name from? :)


Then we visited Howick Historic village over the other side of Auckland, Houses had been brought together from over New Zealand to form a record of how the settlers had lived. Everything was there from the tent to the farmhouse, church a school house where a local school was having it’s lessons!

After it was into the cafe for a BLT for me, cooked breakfast for Geoff and potato and leek soup for Maddy.

Then we wandered to the beach and from there to the airport where Maddy and Geoff rested in the massage chair.

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The Trail to the Airport


We moved out of the house on Settlers Road on Monday 4th August. The day had been spent packing the house with the movers and emptying it out. We apparently didn’t damp down the embers enough when we emptied the fire as the school sent a message the next day to say there had been a small fire overnight! We had moved to a motel in Rotorua for the Monday night and then onto a motel in Auckland on the Thursday before we flew back on the Wednesday night.


Mud pool at the golf course in Rotorua





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IMG_6092 and finally a car museum that was shut!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cars and Gondolas

It’s not as easy to sell your car here as it is in the UK (fewer shoppers) so when a company said they’d buy Geoff’s car we drove to the other side of Cambridge (1 hr 45 min) to get rid. Geoff led the way and I followed in the Grandis and then we were one car less, Geoff is using my car to get to and from work this week which is going to cost him loads in petrol.

On the way back we stopped at the Gondola in Rotorua. There are only 2 in the whole of New Zealand and we have been on the in Queenstown and needed to complete the set. Great views of the lake at the top and a luge to ride on if you wanted as well as a nature walk. There was a Jelly bean shop with an interesting portrait of Harry Potter as well!

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Kerosene Creek

The AA book arrived last week with an article on 50 hidden wonders of New Zealand and one was close enough to pop out and see after Geoff got back from school on Friday 25th, Maddy didn’t as she’d brought her friend home to sleep over.

10 minutes down the road (SH5) on the way to Rotorua there is a right turn onto an unsealed road full of pot holes that leads to a parking area with the base of Rainbow mountain on the left and the creek on the right. As we weren’t sure how far down the track the creek was we kept stopping to see if we were there yet!

The creek is a thermal stream with mini waterfalls that has been dammed slightly to form a hot pool, no time to try it on Friday and I don’t think we’ll get back before the 6th when we fly.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Glass Blown Garden

In a desperate attempt to get Geoff and Maddy away from the top 15 Disney songs and top 10 villains songs on You Tube I bundled them into the car and down the road to the glass blowing place. We had seen the glass blowing before so we just popped into the garden this time. When we tried to leave the gate refused to open so we had to shout for help until the lady from the shop came and rescued us.

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