Place 49 – Day 378: Auckland – Big Breakfast, Bubble Tea & The Packing Game

We were up pretty early as we wanted to go out somewhere for breakfast.

We all wanted a big, greasy, cooked breakfast and the only logical place nearby was Denny’s!

We got to Denny’s and ordered enough food to sink a battleship. All of this came with refillable filtered coffee, of course.

We all ate ourselves silly and then went back to the hotel so Curtis could print some documents that he has to take to a visa application centre tomorrow.

Once we did that, we all did a bit of the packing game to get all our bags sorted and the correct weights.

We got most of that sorted and then went out for another wander around. We went to The Warehouse first and then to a camping shop to find luggage straps. We eventually found some in the camping shops so bought those and then kept walking.

Whilst in the city, we thought it’d make sense to speak to the bank and ask a few questions we had.

We left the bank and then popped to mcdonald’s to get a drink before wandering to a few possible dinner places to look at their menu. We made our decision and went back to the hotel to chill out.

Kim started her work visa application for the next country as she got invited too! We then left to get some dinner.

We went to Dr Rudi’s, which we also went to with Curtis’ family. We decided on 3 pizzas to share;

  • Pork Belly
  • Chicken & Bacon
  • Mediterranean Lamb

We ate as much as we could, took a doggy bag and waddled towards the hotel.

Tom and Kim stopped off to get a bubble tea on the way back, too.

Once we were all back, we finished a bit of packing and then sat down to watch TV. After we watched some TV shows, we sat and watched the film Apollo 13. It was a long one but a solid film for sure.

After this, we took Kim’s parents’ bags downstairs to the car as we need to take them to the airport nice and early tomorrow so they can get back to England!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 377: Auckland – Complimentary Upgrade

We woke up at 07:00 to get the car packed up and head off on the road to Auckland.

We were in the car for a couple of hours and then stopped just past Hamilton where we met the family we met up with in Rotorua.

We checked out their place and had a drink and snack whilst chatting away. Lovely piece of land they have!

After a couple of hours, we got a move on and drove to Auckland, but not before a brief stop at a recommended ice cream shop where there were huge ice cream scoops!

We got back on the road for the remaining 45 minutes and headed to our hotel. Kim booked a nice hotel for us to lounge in for a couple of days before her parents leave the country. We got to the hotel and brought in everything from the car and we then checked in. When checking in, we were given a complimentary upgrade on each room, which was perfect!

We checked out the rooms and put our bags in and then jumped back in the car and went to Takapuna for some lunch. We stopped at Nam Nam first for a Banh Mi and then went to Tok Tok for a Vietnamese coffee.

Post lunch, we drove to our former apartment and got all of our bags and put them in our car.

We drove to the hotel again to drop our car off and then Kim and Tom took the rental car back as required.

We got back to the hotel and got some items packed and then all sat together and watched the film Unbreakable.

We left after watching the film to find some dinner.

We wanted a Japanese noodle box but our usual place was closed, so we kept walking. Kim noticed a hidden place that has delicous sounding Japanese food.

Once we found the entrance, it was beauitful and looked like Japan!

We ordered a smorgasbord of food, each of us getting chicken katsu curry but we got tempura prawns and chicken karage for the table. It was excellent Japanese food and very authentic.

We left here and walked back to our hotel, with a beautiful view of the city.

We got back to the hotel and headed right to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 376: Auckland – 2 Hour Massage, Ferry Trip & Afternoon Tea!

Kim had a massage booked for herself and her mum this morning, meaning Curtis and Kim’s dad (Tom) had nothing to do.

To combat having nothing to do, Curtis and Tom took a walk to a ferry port, about 35 minute walk away. The sun was beating down but there was a bit of wind so the walk was actually quite nice.

Once they got to the port, they had to wait for 30 minutes or so for the boat, so they sat and watched the world go by. They were right next to the harbour bridge so had a great view!

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Once on the ferry, it only took about 10 minutes before arriving in the city.

Curtis took Tom the wrong way to the city, so they had a 30 minute diversion but it was nice! There was a hill to walk up followed by a park called Albert Park right by the university which had a gargantuan tree!

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They eventually got to the city centre and went to McDonald’s for a coffee whilst waiting for Kim & her mum.

Kim and Maggie had a terrific time with their massage! It was 2 hours of vigorous massage, but it helped them both greatly!

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Massage_table

We met up again in the city and went for afternoon tea at a 5 star hotel!

We had an assortment of savory items, some scones and some sweet treats. There were sandwiches, curry pasties, macaroons, mini pavlova and more! We also had unlimited tea and coffee. This was very tasty and actually filled us up! Curtis gives it a 4.5/10 as nothing really blew him away. Kim gives it an 8/10.

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After we finished this, we waddled back to the car and drove home to relax for a bit, which didn’t happen!

Someone wanted to buy our bed, so we had to take that downstairs. Once we took it downstairs, we packed everything up and got it ready, both for our roadtrip and for leaving Auckland!

We got the room completely empty and tidy so that it could be shown to potential new tenants when we aren’t here.

We went out again in the evening to see Danielle and Josh and introduce them to Kim’s parents.

We went out to a BBQ place and the food was pretty good. Curtis had a 200G sirloin steak with bernaise sauce, chips & coleslaw. Meanwhile, Kim had a burger which had no bun but had fried mac & cheese as a replacement! Curtis gives his food a 6.7/10 and Kim gives hers a 8/10.

It was great to catch up with Josh and Danielle after such a long time and to introduce them to Kim’s parents.

Once we got home, we watched some YouTube videos and had dessert and then went to bed as we all need to be up early tomorrow.

We haven’t got a bed, so we are setup on the sofa/floor for tonight!

We are all flying together tomorrow! Should be fun but also tiring.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 375: Auckland – Boxing Day Long Walk, Suncream & A Film

We had bacon, eggs, sausages, beans and toast for breakfast this morning, which was the perfect start to the day.

Shortly after breakfast, we all had showers, washed up and went out.

We began with a trip to Glenfield Mall to visit our favourite coffee shop and grab a coffee and some peppermint slices.

After chilling with our coffee, we walked around the mall and showed Kim’s parents the ‘sights’. We then got back in the car and drove to Takapuna for a beach walk.

We walked down Takapuna beach and then back again, which took some time but the sun was beating down and it was great to be able to experience it and show Kim’s parents some good weather in Auckland!

View of Rangitoto Island from the Beach

After Takapuna beach, Kim had the idea to take the walk to Milford beach, which was about a 40 minute walk away, across rocks and sand.

We had fun on this walk and it wasn’t too treacherous.

Once we got to Milford, we walked along the beach there for a bit and then went back up and to the supermarket. At the shop, we got some ice creams and a drink, which we earned from our long walk!

After, we began another long walk back to the car, which was about another 40/45 minutes in the hot sun.

We went from here to Wairau to buy cinema tickets for later on.

We got back home and were all exhausted, but it was great to get outside!

We heated up the Christmas day leftovers and ate those…There was a lot of food left, but we ate it all!

We relaxed for an hour or so and then got back in the car to drive back to Wairau to watch Holmes & Watson.

The cinema was almost empty! We watched the film and it was very silly but also very funny! Curtis gave it a 7.5/10 and Kim gives it 8/10.

We got back home and it was around 23:00! We have all noticed we have been burned by the sun a bit, too, which is bad!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 374: Auckland – Christmas Day 2018

We were up at a decent time this morning and it was time for Christmas!

The weather was terrible, as ever, on Christmas day in Auckland.

Kim made some bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast.

Shortly after breakfast, once we opened some presents and got ready, we attempted to go for a walk on Takapuna beach as it had stopped raining. Unfortunately, it rained when we got in the car and, when we say rained, we mean it bucketed down for a while, so we turned around and came back home.

We all got into comfy clothes and watched the July 22 film, about the Utøya & Oslo attacks in 2011. A very good film, actually, though not the most uplifiting of films!

After this, Kim began working away on our Christmas dinner. This took a couple of hours, but was well worth the wait. We had roast potatoes, roast sweet potato, mashed potato & sweet potato mash, beetroot, asparagus, potato gratin, cauliflower cheese, yorkshire puddings, stuffing, carrots, mushrooms and gravy.

After dinner, with our full bellies, we watched the film Elf which was a great throwback!

At 22:00, we spoke with Curtis’ family for a catch up, followed by Kim’s sister Abbie.

We then all went to bed as we’ve done nothing today so we’re very tired.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 373: Auckland – Kim’s Parents Have Arrived

.After waking around 07:15, we set off at 08:00 to get down to the airport. Before we left, Curtis saw that the city had a strip of cloud through it, which looked incredible!

Before we arrived, we stopped at the supermarket and grabbed an orange juice for Kim’s parents, ahead of their arrival.

Once we got to the airport, we parked up and waited for around 30 minutes until Kim’s parents came through the doors.

We said hello and headed out towards the car. As we went to do so, the heavens opened and so Kim pulled the car up for everyone to get in whilst Curtis paid for the parking.

We waited in the queue to leave for a while due to the barrier machine being broken. We were eventually let through without even showing our tickets.

We drove back to our apartment whilst chatting away.

Once we arrived back, we stopped briefly to deposit bags and then went out to get breakfast. We drove to Honey Cafe but it was closed, so we went to So French instead, which was excellent as ever! We saw the owner again and introduced him to Kim’s parents.

We each had a coffee and they were only selling crepes so we had one of those each.

Once we ate, drank and relaxed, we walked back to the car (via the pie shop).

We got back home and watched some vidoes on YouTube whilst relaxing with a coffee.

Curtis watched hockey at 13:30 and, whilst watching, was contacted by someone wanting to buy the Xbox so Curtis agreed and got that sold, having it picked up around 15:00!

Everyone started to get tired so people had naps and then Kim made some delcious sweet chilli beef with noodles for dinner.

Post dinner, we sat and watched the film ‘The Owner’ based on McDonald’s which was a really good film.

We all went to bed fairly early, but we needed it!

Tomorrow is Christmas day here, so we’re looking forward to relaxing, eating and drinking.

Also, a thank you to everyone for viewing our blog posts over the years. We are now on 13000 views and there is so much more to come so stay tuned over the next few months and years!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 372: Auckland – Getting Things Sorted

We woke up and had a McDonald’s breakfast as we didn’t have any milk in the house.

We had quite a bit to do today, so we got on with it!

Kim took Nicola to the airport as she is off to Wellington to see her family for Christmas.

Kim got back and we loaded our chestof drawers into the car as Colten was buying it from us, as well as the two sets of cubby holes.

We also moved the sofa downstairs whilst we were at it, so it’s ready if we sell it.

Once we finished with this, we waited for Tabitha to arrive and pickup a suitcase we were selling to her.

We then drove to Colten’s house to give him the drawers. We spoke with him for a bit and then headed to the shop to get some supplies.

We hot back home and finished the first series of Gavin & Stacey and then watched YouTube videos for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we also have fun stuff happening!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale