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 60 – Day 3: Rotorua – Hot Tub Chillin’

Our hosts provided us with breakfast, which was very kind of them! Tom was even treated to some fish caught the day before.

We finished our breakfast and coffee, got ready, said goodbye and thank you and then got on the road.

We were driving to Rotorua, but stopped at Taupo on the way for a coffee. The McDonald’s in Taupo had a airplane as a kids play area which is awesome!

We left Taupo with our coffee and drove to Rotorua.

After arriving, we explored our large house, which can fit at least 10 people! We then went out to the shop to get food for dinner.

We relaxed for a while when we got back and then Kim made a steak salad which was delicious and beautiful!

After dinner, we jumped in the hot tub briefly, with a glass of bubbly!

We didn’t last long in the hot tub as it wasn’t that fun, so we got out and chilled.

Kim and Tom went to the supermarket to get some ice cream for dessert and then we hunkered down for the rest of the evening to relax.

We’re in Rotorua for a few days, so have some fun things planned!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

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 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 334: Auckland – Back To Being Busy

Curtis’ Day;

Most of the day was pretty busy for curtis today, which was a change compared to the last 2 days.

A lot of phone calls and emails came in from 08:00-12:00 so Curtis was kept very busy and that didn’t change much after lunch as 11 cases from one client came in and Curtis had to work on those.

The traffic on the way home was abysmal and Curtis got back about 15 minutes later than normal.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we went for a walk. The sun was crazily hot!

When we got back, we had breakfast for dinner again as we had some sausages left.

We watched the apprentice and then had a mini ‘the goldbergs’ marathon!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 333: Auckland – Evening Hockey

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and was only able to have half a coffee due to having to visit a client. He had to take a laptop there, set it up and test it with Skype.

The traffic on the way was fine, so he got there at a decent time.

Curtis was greeted by Luna, a German Shepherd! Curtis got to work, changing over the laptop and testing Skype.

Curtis successfully sorted this laptop out and then left back to the office. This is where the traffic became crazy. There was a lot of traffic as it was the main time everyone travels to work.

Curtis got back to the office and had a few things to do to help out a colleague.

Curtis was able to resolve the issue he helped with, which was positive!

After lunch it was quiet, so Curtis helped his colleagues where he could.

Curtis drove home and not long after getting back, the leafs game started, so Curtis was able to watch that for the evening.

Both of us;

Kim went for a walk when she got home as the weather was warm and then when she got back she made breakfast for dinner…for dinner.

We watched some TV, booked some concert tickets (exciting!) And did some research for our trip.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 330: Auckland – Ambury Regional Park

We woke up at 10:30 and Kim made some omelettes whilst Curtis made the coffee!

Post breakfast, we got ready and went out for a drive to Ambury Regional Park. This park is a farm which you can just walk around and say hi to all the animals.

When we first got there, we were a little confused as there were no signs saying where to go and where we can go, but we just figured it out.

The first animal we came across was a calf!

After Kim had some cuddles with the calf, we moved onto the goats. Most of the weren’t interested, but one fluffy one with horns was happy to sit there and get a pet or two!

We saw a few sheep but they were a bit scared so we didn’t stick around them too much.

Next to the sheep was a very large horse, so we said hello to that for a while!

After we saw the horse, we attempted to go into the sheep again but they were not interested…even one of them gave us the evils so it was time to leave!

It started to rain, so we drove home.

Once we got home, Curtis watched hockey and Kim went to the shop to get stuff for dinner.

We invited Danielle and Josh for a roast, so Kim made the roast of dreams!

We had all kinds of vegetables, a huge chicken breast each and yorkshire puddings.

Danielle and Josh bought apple crumble for dessert with some salted caramel ice cream and strawberries.

It was great to catch up with Dannielle and Josh again.

Back to work tomorrow…but one week closer to finishing work!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 310: Auckland – Unfortunately Back Home

We woke up at 09:15 and Danielle’s mum was making a wonderful breakfast. We had bacon, eggs, toast, luncheon and hash browns.

After breakfast, we all got showered and ready before going outside for the last bit of sunbathing!

We didn’t really do anything for the few hours before we left for Auckland, but it was nice to chill outside in the sun again.

We left around 14:15 and drove back to Auckland. We didn’t hit traffic for a couple of hours and then we hit it where Danielle and Josh normally get it so it wasn’t too bad.

We got home for around 18:00 and went right to the supermarket to get food for both tonight and for the week.

When we got home, we spoke with Nicola about our weekend and about her week as she was away on work.

We then had chicken burgers for dinner with a side salad.

We caught up on the apprentice that we missed and we have so much more to watch, too.

We are very tired from the weekend but it was worth it as we had an amazing time!

Unfortunately, we are back at work tomorrow but it’s just a 4 day week and we also realised it’s just around 8 weeks until we stop working!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale