The First Drive Day

The first test to our friendship came just a few days into the trip, how do we do in the car together. It was going to be three really long weeks if one person had a bad habit. Thankfully it wasn’t a terribly long drive from Auckland to Rotorua. Josh even did some of the driving.

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We had been warned that Rotorua would smell of sulfur, like any place with hot springs. It was pretty smelly and very touristy.  Also had our first experience with Kiwi customer service.  It’s not a country where the folks rely on tipping or good feedback to keep jobs.  While checking into the hotel that afternoon the manager hung up on someone.  One of many things we would adjust too on this trip.

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Coming This Week: December 23 – (30/31)

 Today we leave for New Zealand, departing Dubuque at 8:30am for O’Hare (Chicago).  Our layover is in San Francisco before arriving is Auckland.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

This week we will see Auckland, Whangarei, Rotorua and Wellington.  Being fan of LOTR and the Hobbit I think it’s pretty cool to spend New Years in Wellington.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Wanted to share a fun video of us exchanging gifts with Josh’s family.