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2020 Journey to New Zealand and Cruise Back to San Diego

2020 Journey to New Zealand and Cruise Back to San Diego

While our previous journeys have been exclusively cruises, this one is a combined land and sea adventure.  When we have visited New Zealand on two previous cruises, we wanted to stay longer than the 8 hours in each port that is the norm for cruises.  We have been intrigued by the culture, the people, and the geography and wished for a little more immersion.  On one visit, on a whim, we took a ferry over to a quaint little suburb, called Devonport – so we have rented a house in Devonport, about two blocks from the ferry for the month of February. (in New Zealand we noticed that most people pronounce all “e”s as long “e”s – so one of my first tasks is to see if the town is pronounced “Deevenport” or “Devenport”.)

At the end of our stay in Devenport, on March 1, we board Holland America’s Maasdam, for a 35 day cruise across the South Pacific, stopping in Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia (including as overnight stay in Bora Bora) and Hawaii, arriving

in San Diego on April 3.

Day 11– Feb 10 – Monday – Our postponed Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip.

The weather looks very promising for our Whale Watching excursion – Sunny, 75 degrees and light winds.  Since the trip doesn’t leave until 1:30, we decide to head over to Auckland at mid-morning and have lunch before the trip. After lunch we boarded the boat, received our safety lecture (don’t fall off) and started out […]

Day 10 – Feb 9 Sunday–Day 2 of the Hop On Hop Off Tour of Auckland

After Church we headed over on the ferry to continue the second half of out Hop On Hop Off tour – it just couldn’t be done in one day.  We joined the bus from the same spot as yesterday, and began the circuit.  At one point, the bus route was around the bay, directly opposite […]

Day 9 – Feb 8 Saturday – To Auckland for the hop on hop off bus

We boarded our trusty ferry for the quick ride to Auckland – the Golden Princess was in port – there is a different cruise ship almost every day.  We found the guy to buy the hop on hop off bus passes from.  On earlier travels we have learned that these are one of the best […]

Day 8 – Feb 7 – Friday

There are several “Heritage Walks” published by the Rotary Club, so we decided today, instead of walking into town for breakfast, to take off on one of the walks, since it appears there is a breakfast place on the the route. We walked down the hill to the beach, turned left and started toward the […]

Day 7 – Feb 6 – Thursday – Over to Auckland for a whale watching excursion

We hiked down to the ferry, to head over to Auckland for a whale watching excursion. It is only a brief 15 minute ride, and we still sit where we can catch a view of either Devonport or Auckland, where many of the passengers are obviously commuters, sitting inside with their noses buried in the […]

Day 6 – Feb 5 Wednesday – A brief exploration using local mass transit

As I have said, I am not driving a car on this trip.  A decision made out of stark terror caused by driving on the left side of the road.  Given that bit of caution, we still are nearly run over every time we cross a street, by looking the wrong way for oncoming traffic.  […]

Day 5 – Feb 4 Tuesday

Basically a day of much needed rest.  We walked into town (about 10 minutes) to the super market and picked up a few supplies – coffee, Coke Zeros, bread, sandwich fixings, and breakfast stuff.  This is a pretty expensive place to live although it is a little hard to calculate due to the difference in […]

Day 4–Feb 3–Monday What an exciting day!!!

It is Monday here in New Zealand, Super Bowl Sunday at home.  The game, at 12:30 pm our time, was not to be shown on local television, and I was not successful finding a way to stream it (at least not within my capabilities).  After a little bit of research I determined that none of […]

Day 3 – Feb 2 Sunday–First full day in Devonport

On this trip, I am really noticing the recent enhancements to Google Maps.  I think the routing, particularly “on foot” is much improved, and we are using it frequently – to the store, to restaurants, to the hardware store (more electrical plug adapters) and this morning the local Methodist Church. Despite the assurances from Google, […]

Day 2 – Feb 1 – Arrive in Auckland, and make our way to Devenport

You will notice that the date of this post is Feb 1, not Jan 31, since we crossed the international date line, we lost a day, which we will get back on the return to the U.S. Auckland is 19 hours ahead of Dallas, or you can think of it as 5 hours behind Dallas, […]

Blog Day 1 – Trip to Auckland

I am writing this first entry to the journey in the middle of the Pacific at 38,000 feet – to be posted from Auckland.  As I have said this is a different sort of journey – not our normal long cruise, but rather a long stay in New Zealand (the month of February) followed by […]

A Different Sort of Journey

While our previous journeys have been exclusively cruises, this one is a combined land and sea adventure.  When we have visited New Zealand on two previous cruises, we wanted to stay longer than the 8 hours in each port that is the norm for cruises.  We have been intrigued by the culture, the people, and […]