The Jump Across the Tasman Sea is Sucessful
30.09.2010 19 °C
In New Zealand that is!
We said our goodbyes to Australia and our adventure there and flew out of the Adelaide airport at 10:30am heading to Auckland New Zealand. Our biggest worry in this whole process was being able to take our tent (future accommodation in NZ) through the biohazard checks in the New Zealand airport. As predicted, our luggage was flagged and we did have to go through the biohazard check. For us, honesty (thus declaring everything that we were carrying that could be a problem) and a lot of cleaning paid off. All of our potential biohazard ‘stuff’ made it through!!! Yippee!
We've seen some weird signs in Australia. This is just one of many.
Airbus 320-200; Waiting for the Plane
For the next few weeks we will be staying at the home of our friends, the Cronsberrys, in the city of Tauranga in New Zealand’s north island. You may recall that Jenn is on a year long teacher exchange here in New Zealand. We are all enjoying the feeling of being in a home again. Whether it is the luxury of having a lazy morning reading in bed, baking cookies, or having internet access that actually works, the feeling of ‘home’ is very welcomed after 12 weeks on the road. Although the Cronsberrys are currently doing a whirl wind tour of Australia, we will have the joy of familiar faces, and wonderful company once again when they return home on Oct 8th. Till then we will amuse ourselves somehow!!
Cronsberry House; Using the GPS; Claire Baking
It was not difficult for Ayden and Claire to find ways to amuse themselves in Tauranga. Ayden has settled into devouring several books while relaxing in bed, and Claire is taking art classes given by a local New Zealand artist, Paula Knight. Both Ayden and Claire are in their own forms of heaven doing their chosen activities. Of course we do have to break up their fun with some home schooling!
Ayden Reading; Claire with Art Teacher
The Allore adults are amusing themselves by getting organized for their tour through New Zealand. Evenings are spent pouring over maps and calendars trying to ensure that we will be able to see all that we want to see in New Zealand. Some of our days are spent shopping for camping equipment and just browsing through the ‘Strand’ (AKA downtown Tauranga), an area right on the coast made up of hundreds of unique shops and restaurants. It is a wonderful place to browse on a sunny afternoon. (Did you catch that….sunny afternoon….yup, we have had sun for 2 days!!!)