Dec 01

Planning a holiday in New Zealand

by in New Zealand Travel, Planning Travel

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Lesley and I met in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1979. We were married in Auckland the following year and ever since we have lived in Australia, where our children were born. We have visited NZ many times over the years but they were mostly quick trips, except for a two-week circuit of the North Island in 1997.

It was about time we took a good look at the old country – we are NZ/AU dual-citizens and it’s good for the children to learn more about the land of their ancestors, which is also known as Aotearoa.

The Christmas holiday period would be perfect, since everyone else is on leave and NZ has great weather at that time of the year. We could travel from the northernmost tip of the North Island to the southernmost point on the South Island and stay with relatives and friends in some places and in motels elsewhere.

Son Keith has decided not to join us, which will make the holiday cheaper and the long car drive more comfortable. (Burglars please note that our home won’t be empty.)

The next step was to book the air tickets: Melbourne to Auckland and fly back from Christchurch.

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