Last Day In Auckland

Today was our last day in Auckland.  I am really excited about the rest of our trip but also sad to be leaving behind a very dear friend.

Breakfast was a thick smoothie made with frozen avocado and frozen banana to make it really thick, plus an orange and a kiwi fruit.  Topped with chocolate chips.  Well why not – I am on holiday and Kath was baking, they were open on the counter top ….!Breakfast 31-7-13 We packed and Kath worked , time whizzed along so we made a quick brunch before going out; salad, frankurters and scrambled eggs.brunch 31-7-13 I don’t know what these plants are but we have seen quite a few in the gardens here.   Quite bizarre.cactus with trunk We visited the Auckland Museum.  There was a display of Maori carvings which I really admired.  I like wood and anything made from wood.  These intricate carvings are beautiful.Maori carvingThis carving was at the end of a canoe.

canoe carving

Maori pattern
There was a brilliant display of life in the oceans around New Zealand.  This is Harvey lieing on a bean bag watching a 3D film.
watching 3DH and sharkAfter the museum we drove up to One Tree Hill in the Cornwall park and admired the views.

These are Pohutukawa trees which line the drive up to the top.native trees

H on One tree Hill Auckland has 17 volcano craters and this is one of them – no longer active and providing grass for the sheep.volcano crater Thank you to my lovely friend for such a great trip.Z and K on 1 tree hill

Our final stop before the airport was the ASB Showground which is hosting a 4 day Food Show.  Kath is going to be one of the exhibitors so we went to help her set up.

The Food Show Thermomix in NZ

We had time for a cuppa and an Anzac biscuit or 2 while Kath finalised preparations for the show.

coffee and Anzac biscuitsIt was very interesting watching it all being set up.

Auckland Food Show

I was very sad to say good-bye but our minds were soon taken off the sadness of a departure by the miniscule size of the Air New Zealand plane which took us to Masterton.  I am standing at the back so this is it.  It seats 19 people and has propellers!  Not the most relaxing plane ride for someone who doesn’t like flying but it did the job.

Harvey on planeSo our Auckland visit is over and we are now in Masterton, about an hour and half North of Wellington where we are very happy to be with Guy and Rebecca.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to Last Day In Auckland

  1. laura1952 says:

    Those were amazing carvings. I hope you can add to my wisdom and find out what that unusual snakelike tree is. Enjoy your time in Auzzie.

    • We are still in New Zealand until Sunday when we travel to Australia. Where Auckland is near the North of the North Island, we are now nearer the South of the North Island.
      I am guessing the huge elephant trunk like thing is the flower growing out of the centre of that cactus type plant.

      • laura1952 says:

        I gathered I made a mistake when I read your post from today, where you posted such serenity for my eyes to see first thing in the morning.

  2. Kathryn says:

    And you wondered whether one of you might be lucky enough to get a window seat…..

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