Amazing Auckland, Day Two Continued


Mike and I are actually on the final leg of our Road Scholar trip, but our many activities and the wifi limitations resulted in blog lag.

Day Two had a whole lot more going on than just the boat trip, however I had a chance to upload the prior blog while waiting in line at the Queenstown airport, so I went for it. That’s about all that I was able to go for, because our flight was cancelled. Seven of us didn’t make it onto the replacement flight. So, instead, we get a voucher for $12 worth of food, a couple of hours hanging in a very pleasant airport, and a direct flight to Wellington rather than a stop over in Christchurch. Not a bad deal, I would say.

So, to continue.

Road Scholar normally has very good guides, but Chas and Albert are in a category all their own. I think I have been spoiled forever, because these guys are beyond fantastic. They are patient, interesting, knowledgeable, funny, and in a very nice way are able to shepherd our group of 34 individual personalities. Now that’s what I call skillful! They have also done a terrific job finding exotic spots for lunch.

We were able to wander through the aptly named Eden Garden, enjoying the flowers, before dining on site.

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Here are Adam and Eve, being careful not to eat any apples, but then, New Zealand doesn’t have any snakes to tempt us.

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Our final excursion of the day was to Auckland War Memorial Museum. The New Zealanders lost a significant percentage of their population in the two world wars, and they now want nothing to do with armed conflict. Yet another reason to admire the Kiwis

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And speaking of kiwis, they are nocturnal creatures, so this is probably the best sighting we are going to get.

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One of many beautiful Maori carvings.

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I’m going to quickly upload before I run out of MBs!

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