Place 66 – Day 1: Napier 🇳🇿 – Lack Of Sleep & Cold Sea

We got onto the boat and got right into bed in our cabin, planning to get to sleep as quick as possible.

Some of us slept well but Curtis only got about 30 minutes!

We were woken at 05:30 and had to grt up and ready to leave the ferry.

We got into the car and down the ramp into Wellington fairly quickly. Curtis wanted to take everyone to a cafe he went to in Wellington whilst there for work as they had humongous coffees and excellent food.

We arrived at the cafe and it looked a bit different, so it was already odd! We got XXL coffees, which are rightfully huge, and then looked at the menu, which was again different.

The XXL coffee (with a pepper shaker for size comparison)

We got some fairly adequate food from here and ate it, but it was no where near as good as Curtis remembered and had clearly been taken over by new owners.

We left here and got on the road towards Napier, where we are spending one night.

Once we eventually got to the AirBnB, noone was home and we couldn’t get hold of them, so we had to go out.

We went down to the beach where Kim had a swim in the very cold see and we took in the incredibly hot 35° sun.

We went back to the house and our host was in, so we met him and got aquainted with the house.

Curtis fell asleep for an hour or so, and so did Tom.

Kim and Tom went to the shop to get a little bit of food for dinner and then we sat out on the balcony looking at the tremendous views.

We plan to sleep early as noone really slept too much last night.

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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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 62 – Day 2: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Jetskiing & BBQing

We woke up around 09:00, had a coffee and then Kim made some pancakes with bacon.

The sun came out pretty quickly so it quickly became hot!

Some of Josh’s family came up to join us in the festivities in the morning. We all chilled out for a while and then Kim, Daniellle and Josh went out on the donut for a few bumps around!

Later in the afternoon, some of the guys went out to fish.

Whilst they were fishing, we walked with the others across the road to another beach and then around the corner to yet another beach. We did have to go over some rocks to get there, though.

We walked all the way back and got back to the house where we briefly chilled out and then Josh took Danielle and Kim out on the Jetski!

Once they got back, it was almost time for dinner! Josh’s family went home and then Curtis and Josh lit a pretty mean fire whilst the BBQ was being cooked.

We sat around the fire for a few hours before coming inside and having some dessert of chocolate cake, strawberries and some lemon pie.

We all went to bed pretty early…being outside all day does that to you!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 1: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Amphibious Boat, Waterskiing & Bonfires

We woke up nice and early this morning to get up to Bland Bay.

We left and stopped at the supermarket, which we arrived to just before it opened for the day.

We got all of our supplies, got some breakfast and headed off.

We got up to the house around 10:45, settled in and then went out on the boat! They have an amphibious boat which has wheels as well as being a boat so you can’t drive it right into the water! We had a great time in this boat as we went to a couple of beaches which we walked around.

We finished up with that and when we got back the sun was scorching so we sat outside for a few hours just catching the sun.

It was then decided that people would try Waterskiing! This didn’t work too well as it was too choppy, but people got a few goes out of it.

Once the boat was back, Josh sent out a contraption which goes out into the water and had a lot of hooks on it and catches fish, using a fishing line.

We all sat around drinking and chatting with all of the surrounding neighbours when a boat drove into the contraption, causing it to get a bit damaged and wrap around the propeller of the boat! People were able to salvage it and there wasn’t much damage. We were even able to get the few fish that had been caught on it!

Shortly after it started to get a little colder, so we went inside and had our dinner which was nachos.

We saw the beautiful sunset go down, too.

After it became dark, we lit a nice mini bonfire and all sat around that eating s’mores, listening to music and having a laugh!

We finished having the fire around 22:10 as everyone was exhausted but it was an action packed and really fun day!

Tomorrow should be just as fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 297: Auckland – Couples Weekend Away

We were up at 07:30, which was a little late for the time we needed to be up as Josh and Danielle arrived at that time also! We rushed and got everything we needed into the car and then off we went.

We stopped at mcdonalds for the mandatory road trip breakfast, and then went onward to Matakana.

Josh’s grandparents have a house up in Matakana, which we were going to for the weekend.

We stopped at the supermarket en-route so that Kim could get the food for dinner as she was making it.

Once we got to the house, we stopped out stuff and went for a walk down to the coast side where we walked along rocks to a small beach, then we walked up the side of the hill for a nice view!

Both of us cut our feet on the oyster shells around the rocks, so Danielle checked Kim’s feet to ensure they were ok!

We left this area and walked back, through all of the incredibly deep, thick mud, and made it back to shore.

When we got back, we walked all the way back to the house where we had some homemade pizza from the pizza oven!

After pizza, we relaxed for a bit and then went down to the coast to use Josh’s new boat! The weather had changed so it wasn’t as nice as it was, but the boat ride was still fun. We went to a nice beach off the coast, which had beautiful sand and no-one there. When we pulled up there were two stingrays there!

We decided to leave that beach as it was getting windy and we headed to Matakana via the water. On the way, Josh realised we may not have enough fuel, so we drove back and ki km and Josh went onto the rope swing instead.

Once we finished this, we went back to the house and got ready to have dinner.

Kim and Danielle made chilli and lime chicken with corn on the cob and home-made wedges.

We ate our dinner in front of the fire outside and then went inside to play cards.

We played rummy as well as drank some of Josh’s 15 year Glennfiddich, our honey bourbon and some Jameson from Josh’s grandad.

We all eventually got very tired as it had been a long day, but an incredible one! We had great fun even just chilling out drinking and playing cards.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 239: Auckland – Plenty Of Naps

Having been out last night, Kim wasn’t feeling excellent this morning!

Curtis didn’t feel too good either, considering he didn’t drink alcohol! Must have just been dehydrated.

Due to this, we had a slow start to the day. We had breakfast and then Kim chilled in bed whilst Curtis played games.

We then got ready and went to do the shopping. We mostly just got food for tonight and for lunches as we had quite a lot at home.

We got home and Kim had another nap. Curtis then joined Kim and we slept for 30 minutes or so! We actually felt much better after it though, which is good.

We then had some dinner! Kim made a mini roast dinner, with a chicken breast each, gravy, roasted vegetables, peas & creamy mushrooms. Turned out we were both very hungry!

We then watched an episode of Ackley Bridge and the Kim showered and Curtis played some more Call Of Duty.

It’s bedtime again! This day feels like it has been going on for a while, due to all the sleeping. Work again tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 231: Auckland – Girls Pamper Day

We woke up at around 08:00 and Curtis went out to get breakfast. He drove down to McDonald’s which was very busy! There was also a lot of fog so it meant driving a little slower.

Whilst Curtis got breakfast, Kim got showered and ready for the day.

We ate our breakfast and watched some YouTube videos and then Kim headed out for the day.

Curtis did nothing of interest for the rest of the day!

Kim’s Day;

When Tabitha arrives Kim met her outside and they headed into the city to celebrate her birthday!

As it was 9:30 when they arrived in the city centre parking was a breeze so they were about half an hour ahead of schedule, so popped into a cafe for a coffee.

At about 9:45 Tabitha and Kim walked the small distance to get to the spa where they had a two hour relaxation package booked in – a massage with a body scrub, facial and a foot spa treatment.

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The massage was amazing and relaxing. Tabitha went for a combination facial and Kim went for the hydration facial. They lady was very informative and taught Kim loads about her skin and what she is doing wrong with it! After this Tabitha and Kim sat in massage chairs while they had the foot spa, it was so lovely, even though Tabitha’s massage chair didn’t work.

At the end of it all Kim’s massage therapist had another chat about products, routines and stuff, she was so lovely. We then had a chat with her about her travels, as she is French. It was a funny moment when she realised Kim was English because she noticed that she echoing understand her better than she could the Kiwi accent!

We said goodbye / au revior to everyone and headed back to the car. On the way we met up with another one of Tabitha’s friends and we all then drove back to the North Shore to get our nails done.

The three girls deliberated for a while on what colour to pick and Kim even got a stern ‘hurry up’ from one of the nail artists!

After their nails were done the girls all fancied some lunch and Kim had a great idea to had to the cat cafe, so they all jumped in the car and headed over there.

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It was so much fun to spend about 40 minutes playing with all the cats, that was until one of them decided to relive themselves on our bags! We took that as our hint to leave.

With so much cuteness in one room we forgot to eat and Tabitha’s friend had to get to the Esplanade to start her shift so thy all hopped back in the car and took the slow road into Devonport.

It was a little odd heading that way again as Kim left the Esplanade nearly 3 months ago! Doesn’t time fly??
They stopped at a local cafe when they arrived in Devonport for ‘lunch’, it was 4pm! No wonder everyone was so hungry!

Each girl grabbed a savoury, sweet and a drink item.

The portions were massive and they all needed up taking takeaway containers! Which is good for Curtis who loves curly fries and brownies!
Tabitha and Kim had a little walk around the town and then headed home.

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It was such a brilliant day celebrating a wonderful persons birthday!

Both of us;

When Kim got home, we relaxed for a while and then Curtis had an omelette as dinner along with leftover curly fries from Kim’s dinner.

We then watched a couple of episodes of Modus with lemon cupcakes with vanilla sauce!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale