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Last stop: City of the Sails

And a catch up with old friends (part 3)

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It’s hard to believe that we’re only a couple of days away from leaving New Zealand but our time here has ended well. Our second experience of the roads to Auckland were better than the first (Friday, rush hour) so we landed at Russ and Nicky’s house early evening having stopped at the Whangerei Town Basin (again) for lunch on the way back through. Russ and Nicky are only about 300m from the beach in the North Shore, which, on a sunny Friday night is slightly sickening when you consider what the average Friday night holds for us after work in the UK! We had a catch up over dinner (and a couple of drinks) with them and planned the following day. Nicky drove us in to Devonport (pretty, and it’s where the Navy is based) where we caught the ferry to Auckland City and went up the Sky Tower: it’s quite a view! If you don’t like heights (Helen) it’s advisable if you don’t look down through the glass floor sections of the viewing deck or lifts. It was a fantastic, clear day so we could see a long, long way. Nicky picked us up there and took us to Mission Bay where we stopped for lunch before heading up to Mount Eden to see the crater and a different view over the city. It was dinner and drinks with them at home and a game of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ (we got to £125k) to end the day. The final day was reserved for heading in to the city with Nicky, meeting Russ for lunch, saying our goodbyes and then just the two of us wandering around. Oh, and Neil got a haircut! We had our last supper in Viaduct Harbour, which capped off a good few days, a great North Island experience and a fantastic month in New Zealand. Finally though, we have to say thanks to Nicky and Russ for hosting (and chauffeuring) us. It was fantastic to catch up with you both and we hope to see you again soon.

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