Wow, three days later and it’s time to go home!

All bags packed and ready to go, check!

Gps destinations listed and programmed, check!

Last minute photos at the hotel, check!

Have a bit of shopping to do before we go back to New Plymouth, let the card swiping begin!!!


Our day started pretty good: woke up early, did a few laps at the pool, and… Breakfast buffet! It’s the best part of staying at a hotel, the abundance of bacon, eggs, and smoked salmon a few steps outside of your hotel room. Yum. Highlights of the Rendezvous Hotel buffet breakfast definitely includes the delish mushrooms and the super ‘balot’ tasting omelette! So glad there’s another round to go tomorrow (though a bit guilty because of my supposed diet).

After breakfast we prettified ourselves for the busy day ahead! A quick shopping stop on the North Shore for B’s VERY early birthday gift, then a date with our friends for lunch, a BUFFET lunch! Two and a half hours later, we finally left the hotel for a quick stop at SYlvia Park mall, Auckland’s biggest mall.

Deciding that we ate too much today and needed more exercise, we decided to walk down Queen Street and enjoy the festive RWC! Up tonight were Tonga vs France, and England vs Scotland! The fans were just so excited and happy, it was difficult not to be excited yourself! We are such big rugby ‘experts’ now, haha!

We are headed back tomorrow, still a whole lot left on our list to do (buy), I’m just hoping our bank account survives this trip! :) happy!

Touchdown Rendezvous Hotel

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


Just arrived at the hotel and lounging on the bed. If there is one thing Auckland has going for it, it’s the shoppping! Spent four wonderful hours at Dress Smart, outlet shopping! Sigh, the Quiksilver store is heaven on earth. Will definitely have to stop by again before the drive back home!

Now time to shut the blinds and take a nap!

Auckland driving!

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


My driver is enjoying the state highway and his trusty GPS!

4 hours later and almost 350 kms travelled.




Survived the first 176 kilometers! Hot chocolate for me and iced mocha for the driver.

What the fog!!

Posted: September 30, 2011 in "new zealand", Bakasyon, Blahbitty Blah


We just a brief section of road where visibility was down to a few meters because of fog! It was like silent hill! Scary!


We headed out early this morning later than we hoped but hey it’s dark outside and we are not rushing to catch a plane anyway… :)

A glorious Taranaki sunrise has been accompanying us for the first ten kilometers! Woot!