Place 49 – Day 70: Auckland – New Team Meeting & Running Reception & Restaurant!

Today, we woke up at 09:30 and got ready to go and look at an apartment.

We drove to the apartment but decided that it wasn’t for us after looking at it.

After looking at the apartment, we went to get a coffee, walked around the Takapuna Sunday market and took some soup to one of Kim’s colleagues who was at home unwell. We then drove home.

Kim’s Day;

Kim got into work and got stuck into the reception. We had a few check ins in quick succession so that made things go nice and quickly.

During the slower moments Kim attended to emails and sent enquiries out about people’s arrival times.

We had one check in where the beds needed to be split into twin beds so Kim had to pop upstairs and organise that!

After a while the restaurant manager left and Kim was watching the restaurant and reception. This kept her nice and busy!

Towards the end of the night we started the close down and Kim started sending people home.

At the end of the night Kim sat down to a nice salad for dinner!

Curtis’ Day;

We got back and then Curtis had to head right off on a 45 minute drive to south Auckland where he went to a gathering of his new hockey team, the Scorpions!

Curtis had a BBQ there as well as meeting the other players and finding out lines!

Curtis eventually left here and drove home which took a little bit less time.

Curtis got home and played some Xbox, had some noodles for dinner and an ice cream for dessert.

Both of us;

Curtis went to pick up Kim from work and then we came home and went right to bed as we have to be up around 04:00 tomorrow to take Curtis to the airport for his 06:00 flight!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale


Place 49 – Day 69: Auckland – 11 Hour Shift!

We woke up around 09:30 and slowly got ready for the day. Kim was working at 11:00 and we hadn’t had breakfast so we stopped off at the supermarket to get a pain au chocolate each.

Curtis then drove home whilst Kim started work.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim got at work it was straight to it! She started setting up for the function that we had today.

Kim also had to organise the rest of the staff and allocate them sections.
Once the function arrived Kim and another member of staff focused of that, so they spent the afternoon running food and making sure everyone was okay.

When they were leaving they said that they were very happy with everything, which is nice to know!

After the function Kim had to set up for the evening service which meant reorganising the staff and getting the bar area set up for the jazz band.

It was so lovely to work with live music in the evening.

The shift ran really smoothly and things seemed to work quite well!

After the function has been cleared up Kim sat down and had a lovely chicken curry for lunch!

Towards the end d the shift Kim started sending people home and allocating shut down jobs to people.

In the end Kim was the last person just shutting down the coffee machine and putting away glasses. A pretty successful night.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got home and ate his breakfast, along with a coffee.

Curtis finished his breakfast and went for a shower. After his shower, Curtis got the laundry out of the tumble dryer and put it away and then put on another wash.

Curtis packed away some clothes for his trip next week and then played some Xbox whilst he waited for the wash to finish.

Once the wash was done, Curtis hung the laundry out and then went back to playing Xbox.

Curtis then went to get Kim from work at about 22:00 but she didn’t leave until about 23:20!

Both of us;

We came home and watched a few funny videos and then went to bed.. We have a busy day tomorrow too!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 68: Auckland – Opening An Airport Just For Curtis!

Kim’s Day;

This morning Kim got up and had a mini spring clean. She scrubbed the shower and cleaned the toilet and gave the bedroom a quick clean and tidy.

After this Kim went out to grab some breakfast from McDonald’s! As she was driving past it to pick up Curtis from the airport it seemed rude not to!

Kim then hopped back in the car and went to the airport to pick up Curtis. She arrived about 15 minutes before he was meant to land but when she arrived she found out that the flight has been delayed by 20 minutes so Kim got a chair and made herself comfortable.

A couple sat next to Kim with a massive box of dunkin doughnuts. Kim said that it’s possibly the best way to be greeted at the airport. Kim and the couple for chatting and it turns out that the lady was from Southampton! Just down the road from where Kim used to live. What a small world! They then met their family and were on their way.

About 5 minutes after this Kim got a text from Curtis saying that he had gone through the arrivals tunnel and was waiting at the baggage reclaim! How he managed that Kim has no idea as she was sat right opposite waiting!

She then wandered over, manages to spot him and then ran over and gave him a big cuddle!

It was nice to have him home, Kim really missed him this week.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was up bright and early to get ready to leave Greymouth.

Curtis drove down to Hokitika Airport and got there far earlier than he needed early that the airport wasn’t even open yet! Luckily, a man that works on the runway unlocked the airport just for Curtis!

Once Curtis got in he dropped his keys for the car back and then got a coffee and orange juice.

He had to wait a bit longer than planned as his flight was delayed by about 30 minutes.

His plane arrived and he boarded, had some free water and a sweet and then landed again!

Once Curtis got to Christchurch Airport, he went through security and got to his gate with more than enough time to spare.

On the next flight, he got a free coffee and cookie and then landed late (was meant to be 12:20 but was 12:35!) and was finally able to see Kim again!

Both of us;

We waited for Curtis’ bag and then got back in the car and drove home.

Once we got home, Curtis had to do some work and found out he was away all of next week also but this time in Invercargill. That being said, he is with a colleague so it should be less lonely.

When Curtis finished work, we drove to look at a house which we could possibly rent.

We got back and were so hungry so we went down town for Vietnamese food! We had pork belly and a chicken stir fry style dish. Both were alright but not as great as last time!

We then went to the pub and got a Guinness!

Guinness ‘tache!
Guinness ‘tache!

We came back and were happy we could chill together again!

We watched some TV, drank whiskey and played games.. Perfect.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 50 – Day 67 & 4: Auckland & Greymouth – Beautiful Drive & Night Out

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had a late start!
So she woke up and FaceTimed her family again.

After this Kim got some noodles and had a chat with Curtis.

Once she had done this she got ready for work and drove down.

Kim worked on the bar for the shift so spent most of the evening cleaning glasses and pouring drinks.

After work Kim and a few girls had planned to go out for a drink but two of us forgot our IDs so instead we all went and got snacks and had a mini picnic!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was up at 06:00 this morning, had a shower and coffee before heading out the door for a 1.5 hour drive from Greymouth to Westport. Luckily, the coastal road was open and it was absolutely beautiful. The drive is a tourist drive, but it was empty and there were a lot of winding roads (luckily the car has a sport mode.. Damn that’s fun!) and incredible scenery! Here are a few photos of the scenery. It’s very similar to Norway!

Curtis got to Westport and only did about an hour of work, but also sat with the client and had a chat and a coffee..most of it was work related!

Curtis left here and drove back to Greymouth. The weather had really picked up on the way back and was toasty!

Curtis got to Greymouth and went to the Greymouth office to check on the client and they were all happy, so Curtis went back to the apartment and got some admin done for work.

Once this was done, Curtis got a Domino’s (far too much for one person) and chilled out playing games.

Curtis actually fell asleep around 18:30 and so decided to have a quick power nap… Apparently he was tired!

Curtis found out that his team is now out of the playoffs after losing in 2nd Overtime 7-6! It’s a shame he doesn’t get to play with them again this season, but it’s been awesome to be back on the ice and with such a great group of players!

Curtis has to be up for a reasonable time tomorrow as his flight leaves at 09:30 (20 minutes later than planned!). Curtis then had a second flight from Christchurch to Auckland, then he will be home and get to see Kim!

Damn, it’s been lonely.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 50 – Day 66 & 3: Auckland & Greymouth – Travel to Hokitika, Hail & Lightning & Big Steak

We have been traveling for a year now!

Kim’s Day;

Today was Kim’s first day on reception by herself!

She got to work and cracked on straight away! Started setting things up for the breakfast.

Kim then set up reception for the day, organising the housekeeping, check outs and check ins.

It was a really good shift.

Kim then went home and relaxed for a while and had a couple of little chats with curtis. Then had dinner with our host family. It was tasty chicken, roasted veggies with feta and lovely potatoes.

After this Kim played some Fortnite. She also was talking to a work friend and suggested giving her a lift home so at the end of her shift Kim went down to pick her up. Kim then went inside and joined her colleagues for a quick cider before giving her friend a lift and then heading home herself.

Kim then had a lovely chat with Curtis.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was up at 07:30 to get to the client for 08:30, but was definitely up too early!

The weather seemed better this morning, but it didn’t improve much throughout the day!

Curtis spent the morning helping with niggling problems as well as doing some training.

Curtis then completed the setup of a PC. Once this was done, Curtis drove to Hokitika, which is the next town along. The drive is beautiful (when it’s not raining!). There were llamas in fields, as well as many a mountain which looked very cool with the low clouds. It was a lot like Norway, actually.

Curtis got to Hokitika and wasn’t there too long. One of the PCs is pretty bad so we are just going to replace that, and they had a printer which he made a note of.

Curtis finished up at hokitika and drove back.

He got back to the apartment and spoke to Kim on the phone for a bit before having to call the client to answer some of their questions.

Curtis finished the phone call and then went off to dinner. He had seen a nice looking place just down the road so he went there!

The place he ate was called ‘Speight’s Ale House’ and it was beautiful! Speight’s are a beer brewery in New Zealand, and you can get their beer on tap here!

Curtis got a 300g steak with a creamy mushroom sauce with roasted vegetables and fries. It was heaven! This was washed down with the recommended beer for this dish which was called the Distinction Ale which was also incredible!

Curtis ate up and left here then had to setup a laptop back at the motel.

After this, Curtis just played some games and then spoke with Kim on the phone a bit more.

Curtis has to drive to Westport tomorrow which could be 2.5 hours away, depending on if roads are closed! Hopefully it’s a fleeting visit, though, as there is only 1 person in that office.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 50 – Day 65 & 2: Auckland & Greymouth – A Cyclone

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim spent the morning relaxing. She played a couple of games of fortnite with Ryan and then had a nice long FaceTime with her family. It was really nice to catch up with them as it has been weeks since they spoke!!

After this Kim had some breakfast and got ready for the day. Then she played another two games of fortnite with Ryan and they won a game!!

Kim then nipped out to McDonald’s to get some lunch. She had a cheesy chicken burger with s coke and fries, very tasty!

She then drove into work, which was good because it was very cyclone-y and rainy.

During the shift Kim ran a lot of food, took a few orders and cleared a lot of tables. She also assisted with running food for two of the functions.

Towards the end of the shift Kim collected and put away the outdoor furniture and took a few drink orders at the bar.

After the shift Kim went out for a drink with one of the ladies. It was really lovely and Kim met lots of other nice and friendly people!
It was also quite brief because both of us are back in at 6:30 tomorrow so are keen to get to sleep!!

When she got home kim got ready for bed and then had a nice long phone call with Curtis.

A perfect way to end the day!!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got up and ready for 08:30 but didn’t have to be at the client until 09:00. The client was only a 5 minute drive away so he didn’t have to leave very early to get there in time.

Once Curtis got there, he sat down with the manager to asertain all of the information he required.

Once he did that, he began setting up a couple of laptops. These laptops got completed and then just as that happened the cyclone really hit! 100+ Km winds along with a LOT of rain!

Curtis continued to work and moved into some desktops to format and reinstall windows. The first worked fine but the second didn’t and we will be replacing that one.

Curtis allowed something to download overnight, so he left the office and had to lockup, as well as lock the gate up!

Curtis sorted that out (in the pouring rain!) and then drove to KFC to get some dinner. The store itself was closed but drive thru was open so he had to sit in the queue there for a while but then got his food and came back to the hotel.

Luckily, Curtis had downloaded some games so had something to do whilst there was no wifi!

Then, Curtis and Kim spoke on the phone for a bit after Kim got home and then Curtis went to bed.


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 50 – Day 64 & 1: Auckland & Greymouth 🇳🇿 – Auckland to Christchurch to Hokitika to Greymouth

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was up and out the house nice and early. Before she left she said goodbye to Curtis, who was still half asleep, as he is gone for the whole week!

Once Kim got to work, she did the usual of helping set up the restaurant and bar and getting the hotel ready for the day. This could be Kim’s last day of being assisted behind the reception and is going it alone from now on!

One of the first things Kim got done was to contact people checking in today to check for their time of arrival.

Kim had to learn another couple of processes throughout the day. She also put a couple of test spreadsheets together and responded to emails.

During the lunch rush Kim ran some food and took some orders. It wasn’t too bad as we had the cutest of guests outside today!

Kim then headed home at the end of her shift and then lounged around for the evening. She made herself dinner in the later evening but just mooched for the rest. Nice and relaxing, a little lonely, but relaxing!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up later than usual, around 06:50.

Curtis got some breakfast and then began to work. He worked from home as he had to go to the airport.

At about 10:30, Curtis got an Uber to the airport. Curtis arrived there at 11:20, which was much earlier then he planned for be at least it wasn’t late!

Curtis had a flight at 14:00 but was able to check his bag in when he arrived and went straight to the food court. It was the domestic terminal so it wasn’t very big but it was doable and not very busy. For lunch Curtis got a McDonald’s, ate that and then headed through security which didn’t take long.

Once Curtis was through it was just a waiting game…He had about 2 hours to kill!

Curtis bought a coffee and sat and watched the planes as well as replying to some work emails.

Curtis eventually got to board and was on the first plane to Christchurch!

On board, Curtis got a complimentary cookie and coffee!

Curtis landed in Christchurch and made his way to the next gate, as there wasn’t a huge amount of time.

Curtis sat in departures again and waited for the next plane. Curtis boarded the plane and it was a plane with propellers! It was tinybut not full by any means. There was a trainee cabin manager too, who was doing well!

Curtis landed in Hokitika and the airport was basically a house!

Curtis got his bag (which just appear on a cart outside?!) and made his way back inside to pickup is rental car.

Curtis was meant to get a small hatchback but instead was given an upgrade and got a Ford Ecosport!

Curtis drove from Hokitika to Greymouth which was an easy drive, then he checked in.

Curtis’ apartment is huge but the wifi is pretty iffy so that’s a bad thing!

Curtis video chatted with Kim, which had to be done in the car park due to the poor wifi!

Once that was done, Curtis tried to get the wifi sorted, which he did a little, and then he went out to find some food. There was basically nothing open, so Curtis went to the supermarket and got a drink and a ready meal and some croissants for breakfast.

Curtis did manage to make a few detours and get photos of some cool stuff!

Curtis got back and had his dinner, which was ok, and texted Kim. The wifi was working better but not great so Curtis did some Ironing with the worst iron and Ironing board ever!

Tomorrow, Curtis is at the client who is just a 5 minute drive away. We’ll, he will be there providing the cyclone doesn’t get him!


– Mr & Mrs Hale