Monday – Tauranga

Public holiday here and we drove to the east coast – about 90 minutes. Beautiful white sands and nice rolling surf that is good to swim in without any great dangers. Certainly picked up some sun over the last 3 days – keep lathering on the factor 30.

Tauranga Beach at Mt Maunganui

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Tuesday – Arrival

Hong Kong was great but now we were taking the final step to NZ. We landed slightly late in Auckland on Tuesday due to a delay to the flight from Heathrow – apparently they were still clearing up the debris of the BA flight from China that had missed the runway. We arrived just in time to catch the tail end of a cyclone so it was chucking it down with rain and blowing a hoolie! Very warm though!

[A couple of days of hot, muggy weather and now it is 28 degrees and beautiful sunshine, dare I complain about it being too hot to bear? (I’ve had to come inside to write this, partly because I can’t see the screen for the sun but also because I can’t sit in the sun as it is too hot!) The University of Waikato have put us up in a Motel for a week which is quite pleasant – not up to the standard of the Hong Kong hotel but there is a small outdoor pool which the boys are loving, so that keeps them happy.]