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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Arrival in New Zealand

Sunday 21st October

I arrived in Auckland on a wet and dreary evening after a 4 hour flight from Melbourne. Here I am joining a coach tour of the North and South islands. This sounded a much easier way of getting around New Zealand and seeing as much as possible in the shortest available time. As accomodation is so expensive for a single person ( you have to pay for a double room) I have taken the option of a twin share which means if someone else on the tour has opted to do this then we will share a room.

I met my room mate later that evening. A french canadian of similar age to myself so I'm sure we will get along fine.

The next morning we set off travelling north to the Bay of Islands. The drive was through very hilly, green countryside with thousands of sheep! The rain was coming down quite heavily so it did spoil one or two of the views but already you could see a beautiful landscape emerging. My only problem is whether I will manage this trip without being sick! Because of the number of winding roads I did find it difficult. I am wearing my travel bands and have tablets with me but if I take them I will just sleep. I think it might come to a choice of sleep or sick!!!!!

We stopped to view a couple of things on the way. One I liked was this pioneer school.

The best thing about the school was the list of rules for teachers dated 1915. Note that this was for female teachers. I wonder if there was a similar list for male teachers.



  1. A coach tour? Good luck with the windy roads indeed! There are a lot of those in NZ!!!
    But at least they'll be sure to take you to the best spots! :o)

    I've been to New Zealand twice and absolutely LOVED it!!! So I'm really looking forward to this part of your trip! ;o)


    1. PS: I'm glad I'm not a teacher in 1915!!! :p

  2. It does rain a lot in NZ that is why it is so green compared with Oz. I have just got back from my reunion trip to Canberra so I have to go back and catch up on your exciting trip. I hope you enjoyed Oz. Hopefully you won't suffer too much motion sickness.

  3. OMG ! The last thing I would have wanted to be is a teacher ! They are crazy !
    The pictures are beautiful !


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