Place 60 & 67 – Day 6 & 1: Rotorua & Taupo 🇳🇿 – 15000ft Skydive!

We were up early to get a bit of breakfast in us before driving to Taupo. The drive from here in Rotorua to Taupo is around 1 hour, so we left with plenty of time.

We needed to be at the location for 12:00, but we got there around 11:30.

We were doing a skydive at Skydive Taupo! We decided on the 15000ft skydive and Kim booked the handheld camera for herself.

We arrived and were greeted with a very happy set of employees which made everyone calm. That being said, neither of us were really nervous.

It was us two and Tom doing the skydive today!

We all sat and went through the information and safety videos and then went and got all suited up. We had a jumpsuit and harness on, an old school pilot hat and some thin plastic goggles.

We waited for around 5/10 minutes and then it was our turn! We met our tandem masters who introduced themselves. Kim had a kiwi guy and Tom & Curtis had Germans.

We all crammed into the plane and off we went.

The climb took about 20 minutes and during that time, we had to use oxygen masks as we got too high to breath!

Eventually, it was time.

Kim was the first of the three of us to go, followed by Tom and then Curtis as he was stuck at the back of the plane.

What an amazing experience! The first fall is a shock and takes your breath away, but it was an incredible view and a surreal feeling.

We had 75 seconds of freefall followed by 4 to 5 minutes of crusing with the parachute, and we got to control the parachute too!

Once we landed, we were all super happy and super glad we did it.

We went out for a spot of lunch after. We went to a place called Dixies at which Curtis had a Cuban Sandwich and Kim had potato wedges with multiple toppings including sour cream and chilli sauce.

We then drove the 1 hour trip backto the house and just completely chilled out. Tom went for a bike ride so we waited for him to come back and then we had a similar dinner as yesterday.

Tomorrow is a chilled day, we think!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 60 – Day 5: Rotorua – Mountain Lunch, Impromptu Luge-Ing & Blue Lake

We had to be up at a pretty good time so we could get to the gondola for 12:30.

We met some friends of Kim’s parents there as they had booked a lunch in the restaurant at the top of the mountain.

Once we all arrived, we went on the cable car to the top and entered the restaurant. The food was a big buffet, with multiple areas including salads, curries, roast meat and vegetables and dessert.

We sat and chatted for a long while whilst ensuring we ate as much as we could!

Once we left the restaurant we eventually decided we wanted to do a quick luge run, so we did so. It was great fun and us two had a great battle in which Curtis came out on top .

We left there and drove to blue lake. Unsurprisingly by the name, this is a lake of which is blue. We walked in the water a little and then sat and chatted for a while in the very warm heat!

We said goodbye and drove back home. We were so warm, but we went to the supermarket just to get suncream as we were running out.

We chilled for the evening and had bacon, eggs, beans and toast for dinner.

Pretty early start tomorrow, with a very fun and scary day!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 65 – Day 1: Nelson 🇳🇿 – Antiques, Friend Meetup & Large Beach Stroll

We were up around 08:00 and got ready to leave Christchurch.

Once we left, in the incredible heat again, we drove on towards Murchison.

We had visited Murchison on our previous road trip so we knew how awesome it was and that we had to visit again!

The drive there was beautiful. Very hilly & scenic. This drive took around 3.5 hours.

We arrived in murchison and were a little confused at the amount of people as when we were previously there, it was almost empty!

The temperature was over 30°C, so it was certainly very hot. We were all rather peckish, so we found a place to eat. We all had a large coffee and a bite to eat. Kim had pancakes and Curtis had an eggs benedict.

We walked to the Antiques store which was just around the corner. There was an old car, type writers, old cash machines and lot of other items, all for sale!

We left the antique store and got back into the car.

We drove down to the campsite we stayed at last time to show Kim’s parents as it was a really nice area. We then drove onward to Nelson.

The drive to Nelson only took us a short amount of time. In Nelson, we visited Kim’s friend Matt. We met at his house, where we met Hannah, his partner.

We sat and chatted with them at their house for a little and then Tom and Matt did some mountain biking whilst we went with Maggie down to a beach.

The beach was very, very long and beautiful! The sand was perfect and the water was the perfect temperature.

We strolled along the beach, in the water, for a while and then went to get an ice cream. we got the standard ‘Mr Whippy’ ice creams, which didn’t last too long!

We walked back on the beach again, for a long while, eventually reaching the dog beach and petting all the dogs.

We left the beach eventually and walked over to a pub where we booked earlier in the day and sat down for some food.

We had to wait a while for Tom, Matt & Hannah to arrive, but once they did we were all very hungry and couldn’t wait for our meals.

We ordered but the food took over an hour to arrive! We shared a meat platter which was just OK.

We left here around 22:15 and said goodbye to Matt and Hannah. They were lovely and we’d love to keep in touch!

We then drove all the way to Picton, where we are catching a ferry at 02:15. We stopped én route to Picton and looked at the stars which were stunning.

We got to the ferry port and we will be boarding the ferry. Once we get onto the ferry, we will have a cabin to sleep in for 4 hours or so, and then we will be up around 06:30 to head off the ferry.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 369: Auckland – Company Christmas Lunch

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office quite early but didn’t have much to do at all.

Curtis found something to do to keep him busy, until he received a couple of emails with some things to do.

After getting these done, it was again quite quiet until around 12:50 when there was a phone call to say that a client down in wellington had no internet connection!

Curtis and his boss investigated for a bit and tried to get a hold of them, but once they did get a hold of someone it seemed to fix itself. That was good, as Curtis had his company Christmas lunch.

The accountants had prepared a large feast and some of Curtis’ colleagues’ family came to celebrate also.

There was a large assortment of meats as well as many vegetables and bread rolls, followed by cheesecake, pavlova & fruit salad.

Curtis was given a leaving gift of a pair of winter gloves, which is incredibly useful as he doesn’t currently have any.

This lunch went on for a couple of hours and then everyone cleaned up, but Curtis had some work to get done. Shortly after, Curtis said his last goodbyes to some people and then drove home. Tomorrow is his last day!

Both of us;

Kim came home briefly but had to go to an appointment, so Curtis drove her there. After this was done and Curtis picked her up, we came back home and had some risotto.

Kim went out to see Tabitha and had a delicious dessert as usual!

Kim got home after this and it was quite late, so we sorted things out and then it was bed time!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 335: Auckland – Double Curry!

Curtis’ Day;

For the first time in a while, the traffic on the way to work was fairly quiet for Curtis, so he got to work at 16:10.

Curtis’ morning was busy but it started to dwindle just after lunch.

A colleague gave Curtis some work to do for the rest of the afternoon. this work was to change how some parts of a webpage look.

Curtis left work at 16:10 but the traffic on the way home was insane!

When curtis eventually got home, he sat and watched the Leafs game.

Kim’s Evening;

After work, Kim went right to the pub with some colleagues for a drink.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, Curtis was still watching hockey so she chilled out until then end of the game when we then watched some TV and then decided eating dinner was a good idea.

Kim got free curry for lunch today and brought some home for dinner, so Kim had 2 curries today!

After dinner we were pretty full so we just sat and watched some TV.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 275: Auckland – Evening Stroll

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day started incredibly slow…

Nothing happened at the start of the day so he helped someone with some of their work. The work was interesring though not too hard, it was something different from the usual support work that he normally does. This lasted until 12:00 when Curtis had a remote session planned, but that didn’t end up starting until 12:45! Once he did that, he wanted to have lunch so started eating, right before he was asked to do something else by the client he just helped, so ended up working through half of his lunch hour.

After lunch, Curtis didn’t have too much to do again but did find the odd thing to do here and there.

On the drive home, there was a breakdown on the bridge which slowed down the progress but that soon cleared itself up.

Both of us;

When we got home, we went for a walk down to Onepoto Domain and on to the supermarket. The walk was a nice break from sitting, though it wasn’t hugely warm!

We got back home and ate some dinner and spent the rest of the evening watching TV!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 272: Auckland – NHL19 & Tabitha Is Back!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early and did his usual admin for the morning, as well as making himself a cup of coffee, as with every morning.

Curtis went out to two client sites at 10:00. The weather was not great when he left but as he was getting to the client it got really warm!

At the first client, Curtis tried to help with an on going issue with a speakerphone and a few other issues there.

After this, Curtis drove towards the airport to another client, where he spent an hour or so walking around and helping people out.

After getting back to the office, Curtis had lunch and then didn’t do much in the afternoon and left a little earlier.

Curtis got home and played NHL19 for a while as it just came out today!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and went to the gym.

Once Kim got home, she went out with Tabitha the some dinner for both of us and Tabitha.

We had Japanese food from renkon which does excellent food!

Kim spent some time with Tabitha and then we watched some videos.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 271: Auckland – Back to Reality

Curtis Day;

Curtis left 5 minutes late for work and it felt like it too! It felt like he was sat in traffic for a while, even though he really wasn’t.

Curtis had to get back into the swing of things, and it certainly felt a little odd to be back at work.

Curtis had some things to do from last week as well as some cases his manager wanted him to get sorted, too.

There were a few phone calls in the morning which ended up being long ones but Curtis wasn’t too busy meaning he could sink his teeth into these in the morning.

Curtis had left over roast dinner for lunch (delicious!) And after lunch he had to do a thing or two, but then from around 15:00 he had 0 cases remaining! He used this time to get some admin work done as well as help out his colleagues.

Considering he wasn’t doing much, Curtis’ afternoon went fairly fast and he left the office out into the rain.

The drive home was eventless and not very busy, so it was nice and fast.

Curtis got home and had the remaining (gross) parts of the washing up left, so he did those.

Both Of Us;

Kim got home and was going to go to the gym, but she had to sort out her CV for some job searching as she is coming to the end of her 5 month contract.

We had a nice easy dinner of pizza and chips and then Kim spent most of the evening doing her CV admin whilst Curtis played games.

Once Kim finished, we watched an episode of Suits and then off to sleep we went!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale