Place 49 – Day 5: Auckland – Party Preparation 

We have a party at the house tomorrow for our host’s family and friends. It’s a Christmas bash and we have been preparing all day!

Kim looked after one of the children for the morning until they were picked up and Curtis went into the local bank to finish setting up his account. 

When the child left, we had some lunch and then took the dog to a pet shop where we were able to wash her! It was a laugh trying to get the dog to stay still or go where we wanted her to but we finally washed her and now she smells lovely!

We spent the rest of the day doing odd jobs. Kim baked cakes and made a Christmas tree from them!

Curtis cleared dog poop from the garden and then, using the ‘weed Wacker’, cleared the big hill in the garden of weeds and grass. This took a while due to the sheer steepness of the hill. Kim mowed the remaining part of the garden and then we had some dinner. Kim made pesto pasta!

We sat down for a bit and then our host came and we helped with setting up a Christmas tree and some other odd jobs as well as planning jobs and food for tomorrow!

One more busy day ahead and then we are finished until Tuesday and we can relax!

Poroporoaki! 
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

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Place 49 – Day 4: Auckland – Life Admin, Grass Mowing & Auckland City Centre

We had a big day of ‘life admin’ ahead!

We were up early and ready to leave. We are using a car that our host had spare so we were able to jump in that to get to the city. Before we left, we put a lot of rubbish into the skip outside, which had accumulated from renovations. 

We hopped in the car and had to get fuel as there was none, so we went to the closest (and cheapest!) petrol station. Unfortunately, the petrol station was closed, so we went to one down the road.

We filled up and got back on the road! We were driving to Curtis’ work to see how easy the drive is and also to park near there as it is much cheaper then the centre! We got to the work eventually after missing the turning we needed and then we parked up. We had no coins so had to change some cash to pay for the parking then we took the 25 minute walk to the centre.

Auckland reminds us very much of a UK city. It just has that ‘feel’ about it. It is pretty calm and relaxed and there aren’t many people (there aren’t many in NZ!).

We got to the opticians and Curtis went in for his eye test and Kim went for a wonder. Kim saw the SkyCity Tower and caught a great photo!

We left the opticians and then went to get some lunch before our next appointment. We walked around phone shops to look for phone contracts and Curtis was ready to get one but needed his passport, which he didn’t have, so couldn’t do that!

We then went to the bank where we had an appointment to open Curtis’ account. Unfortunately, due to not having the passport, we couldn’t do that either so we walked around some shops and Kim got a doughnut and then we went back to the car and drove home.

On the way home we stopped at the supermarket to get some drinks and we also arranged an appointment for tomorrow in the morning at the bank nearby. 

We got back and Kim did some mowing of the garden!

We then relaxed for a while and then had to get some food so we went to the shop and got some mushrooms and other bits for a spaghetti bolognese! 

Poroporoaki! 

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 49 – Day 3: Auckland – Rocks, Garden Cleanup & Mince Pies

We woke up early so Kim could look after the kids in the morning and Curtis watched ice hockey.

When this was done with, we had breakfast and we went out to the driveway.

There were some big volcanic rocks that were in the way and needed to be put in a skip so we spent an hour moving those into the skip. 

We moved on from this and went into the garden to tidy up. We cleared a balcony of items of all sizes and moved them into the garage and then we cleared the trampoline and tree house of leaves.

There are also some very awesome stairs which are in the forest and lead to the back garden. We had to sweep the leaves off so we did that and if took much longer then we thought it would!

We went to the shop and bought some things as well as had a KFC for lunch. We also got our first mince pies of the year, which Kim doesn’t eat so more for Curtis!

We got back and cleared up the kids’ indoor crafts area, this took just over an hour.

Curtis did some online training for work and then our host came back and we had a BBQ with marinated lamb and some lamb sausages. Kim then made wedges and a salad. It was delicious! All topped off with some red wine!

Hot chocolate and then bed sounds like the plan for tonight! Busy day tomorrow! 

Poroporoaki! 

– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 49 – Day 2: Auckland – Arriving at Our Current ‘Home’ 

At least for the first month, we will be staying with a family and be doing some help around the place as well as helping with the kids.

We left the hotel at 10:00 and got an uber to the house we are staying at. We left our bags and headed to small town nearby to get breakfast. We found a place called ‘Bunglo’ which was a small Cafe. We had a Mochaccino each which was very coffee-ee and Curtis had ‘The Bunglo’ which was a big breakfast with a lamb sausage, bacon, hash brown, egg, toast, mushrooms & tomato. Kim had French toast with bacon and it was massive! Both breakfasts were huge and tasty, but neither of us could eat it all!

We walked around and went down the Chelsea heritage park walk which was beautiful and was a forest walk. We went past a sugar refinery and got an awesome view of the city.

Our host got to the house and we had some pizza and then we played with the kids and talked about what we are doing here and the plans etc. It has been good fun so far!

The house has some amazing views of the city!

Poroporoaki! 
– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 49 – Day 1: Auckland 🇳🇿 – An Exciting Year Ahead! 

🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿Kia Ora!🇳🇿🇳🇿🇳🇿

We woke up and Kim went out to get some breakfast. We had  a pain au chocolate with strawberries whilst watching some TV. 

We showered and did the last bit of packing then we left to grab an Uber to the airport. 

We were flying from Gold Coast Airport, rather than Brisbane, so we left around 13:00 and got there about 14:15. 

The airport is very swanky and new looking! 

We sorted out our bags and used the machine to check in, then we headed to the oversized baggage counter to check in the ice hockey kit. They were kind enough to do all of our bags at the same time, so that made it easier! We headed through security and grabbed some food at Red Rooster, which was pretty scrumptious! 

We sat and ate whilst playing some UNO. We then went to the international departure area, but it was closed! They eventually opened it and we went through a liquid security check and then we got to our gate and waited. 

We got on the plane (late!) and it was new and fancy! The seats are nice and comfy and, better still, we had a whole row to ourselves! 

The flight was just 2hrs 55mins, but we got to Auckland at around 23:15. 

We are staying at a hotel for tonight due to the late arrival, just by the airport, so we got a free shuttle bus to the hotel and plan to just sleep until checkout tomorrow! 

In case you didn’t know, we’ve decided to live in New Zealand for a year, Auckland specifically, so we will be here for a year. Curtis got an IT Support Job and Kim is looking to do some Au Pairing as well as getting a pub job or something similar. Curtis has signed for an ice hockey team in the BHL/FHL in Auckland also so he will be doing that whilst in Auckland! 

It’s an exciting time and a great opportunity for us… We’re very excited, why not keep reading our blog to see what we get up to? 

We can confirm that, just because we are living in NZ and not traveling, this doesn’t mean we won’t do awesome things and therefore the blog will still be uploaded daily!

Who says we finish traveling after a year in NZ? 😉

Poroporoaki! 

– Mr & Mrs Hale