Ian Johnston's New Zealand trip
Posted February 17, 2004
For the first two weeks of February, 2004, I was able to visit my parents in New Zealand. They had gotten there by way of their boat, from Portland. I went with my girlfriend, Sibyl, and we spent the time driving around and seeing the sights, and on a brief day-sail on Sequoia.
In October, 2003, we had acquired tickets to travel on January 31st and February 14th, making just short of a 14 day visit to New Zealand. (Due to crossing the International Dateline, we actually entirely skipped February 1, and landed the morning of February 2 -- it's ok, we left Auckland on the 14th at 7:40 pm, and arrived in Seattle on the 14th at 4:30 pm.)
Our plan for our time in New Zealand was that we'd spend roughly the first week driving around in the Toyota Windom (aka Lexus ES500, in the US) my parents had bought, and the second week would be spent on the boat, sailing to Great Barrier Island, anchoring for a few days, and sailing back. This would allow us a good mix of seeing the touristy sights, as well as the less-oft viewed "wild side" from the boat. The Sunday between the two weeks was our planned "see Auckland" day, since the first week would be mostly out of Auckland, and the second week would be far from Auckland, travel-time-wise.
Of course, every military commander knows that the battle plan is followed perfectly until the first shot is fired, at which point it all goes to hell. That's not exactly what happened with our trip. On the one hand, our plan for how time would be spent was barely followed. On the other hand, we had an amazingly fun time regardless, so it hardly matters.
I've broken this report up into days, in order to facilitate loading up each page, and in order to have it all make some kind of sense, without appearing to be one giant run-on brainwave.
I took a great many pictures while in New Zealand, many of which aren't featured in this write-up. You can see all of the pictures here:
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