Category Archives: Timeline

13 Feb 2020 – Auckland & Kelly Tarltons

Day two in New Zealand. We set off early to find breakfast at Sky City. Egg and bacon rolls and coffee, then took the red Soaring Kiwi bus to Sea Life Kelly Tarltons. We had a marvellous time visiting a replica of Captain Scott’s Antarctic base, watching penguins being fed, listening to a talk on turtles and finally watching the sharks and rays being fed.

Much later on we continued the bus tour to the Auckland Museum and then wandered down to the Winter gardens and fernery.

Back at the bus stop we waited ages for the Soaring Kiwi bus to take us back to Sky Tower and our hotel. After a quick go with the ensuite laundry we stepped out for our night visit to the Sky Tower then a Mexican meal just around the corner.

12 Feb 2020 – Auckland & Devonport

We arrived in Auckland in the early morning and took the SkyBus to our hotel in the CBD. After a quick change of clothes and rinse at the hotel, where we left our bags in store because it was too early to check in, we had a coffee next door then wandered to the Sky Tower. Having asked for recommendations at the i-site we purchased a 48 hour pass for the Soaring Kiwi bus tour. This included a trip up Sky Tower, which is what we did first.

Next, we couldn’t be bother to wait for the Soaring Kiwi bus to take us to the quay, so we walked there, negotiating major road works, and caught a ferry to Devonport, where we climbed a small volcano called Mt Victoria. Afterwards we stopped for lunch at Correli’s cafe.

On our return to Auckland CBD we took the red Soaring Kiwi bus ( Central loop ) all the way back to the Sky Tower, then checked in to our hotel.

In the evening we wandered out to Viaduct Harbour where we had drinks and food at O’Hagans. Susan’s steak sandwich was fairly inedible. She complained and got money off.

We were very tired when we got back to the hotel.

11-12 Feb 2020 – Dubai to Auckland via Bali

Depart 02:00 on the 11th, arrive 05:25 on the 12th. Two flights on the same plane with a one hour stop at Bali where we had to get out, walk through the airport, have our hand luggage scanned again and reboard to the same seats.

This long haul flight was on a 777. The seats weren’t as comfy as the Airbus and the film selection appeared to be limited.

On our return to the UK I racked my brain for a while to try to remember the films that I’d watched then decided to visit the Emirates website to get a more complete list.

  • The Oscar winning Parasite
  • Storm Boy
  • Yesterday
  • Horrible Histories the movie – Rotten Romans
  • The Bromley Boys
  • The Tomorrow Man

and I listened to Dark Side of the Moon.

Next time I’m on a long haul flight I’ll make a wish list in advance.

10 Feb 2020 – Fly to Dubai 13:35 to 00:40

First stage of our travel to New Zealand. A 7 hour flight on an Airbus to Dubai from LGW. At Gatwick we had breakfast at Comptoir Libanais then a swift one at Wetherspoons. Bought a few snacks for the flights and some neck pillows.

Emirates entertainment – ICE – isn’t half bad… but I can’t remember all the films I saw on both flights, only that I started watching one on the Airbus but it wasn’t on the play list on the 777. It was Palm Beach; which we visited just over a month later.