17.01.2013 - 01.02.2013 9 °C
So we didn't get around to updating the blog at the end, so I will just add a quick update.
NZ was fantastic all through. We got up to the north end of south island and managed to get in some wine tasting which was fantastic, I could get rather used to drinking that much wine and pretending I know what the posh ladies are talking about! Though just to destroy all myths - my favourite wine by a NZ company cost about 20 NZ dollars (about £10) so it doesn't always cost a fortune!
We took the boat over to North island (bumpy ride) and travelled up through the middle of north island seeing bits areas of steam rising from the ground and hot water bubbling up through it and spent a tough afternoon in a natural mineral hot pool (lovely but the whole area did smell eggy).
We made it to Aukland for Dan's birthday and went up the big revolving tower and generally wandered about in Aukland, saw big parks and bridges etc.
Then flew to Hawaii!! It was lovely an hot, the hotel was only 2 blocks from the beach and we spent plenty of time chilling as well as climbing a volcano, seeing Pearl Habour and touring the island. Hawaii was lovely but it is very odd being on the beach and still be less than 2meters from a skyscraper! They were lovely islands but I felt they have been ruined by the number of buildings and skysrcapers. We were also even more glad to come home to normal food after eating American food for 8 days! I never want to see a burger again!!!
Anyway we made it home yesterday (a shame all that snow has gone really) and we are very happy to be home although sad that the adventure is over. It is amazing how quickly we feel like we are settling back into normal at home and I am sure we will be able to see you all and catch up properly very soon. Oh and it is seriously cold here!
Sam + Dan