The second half of my trip, at the end of June.
From Wellington I flew back up to Auckland to spend a night with an uncle and cousins before meeting up with The Bustling Metropolis One the next day.
We trained into the city proper and met up with The Hyperactive One for a luncheon up the Sky Tower.
Auckland museum is my fav in NZ (sorry, Te Papa...).
We managed to catch our bus up to Whangarei and were later joined by THO for the weekend. It was pretty much perfect weather for the rest of my stay up north, as you can see from the view at the Whangarei heads:
We visited Claphams Clock Museum, which is amazeballs and I highly recommend it, if you are in the area. I have many photos from here, of which I will eventually manipulate and upload to Flickr. Seriously - it is fantastic.
We left The Hyperactive One behind in Kamo, and with our cupcakes TBMO drove us up to Kawakawa for the baby shower with her brilliant family and friends of her sister's. It was really fun, and always great seeing the family from which your peeps came - both resemblances and the shared sense of humour. Hilarious.
TBMO managed to hook us up with whanau tickets on a cruise round the Bay of Islands the next day, which we rocked up to first thing in the morning not knowing where it was headed or for how long. Not that it mattered, as once again (after the morning fog burnt off, and quite quickly at that) it was a most sublime day.
Funnily enough, it being a Dolphin Tour, we didn't see a single dolphin.
We lunched in Russell, walked around the Waitangi Treaty grounds (more photos, to come; and absolutely no funny stories about my geography skills. Nope, none.) and went back to inspect the famous Kawakawa Hundertwasser toilets (photos!) before heading back home to Kamo. We road tripped back down to Aux airport with TBMO's sister and first child (cutie!) and I flew home quite happy and exhausted.
It was so fantastically beautiful and a completely brilliant couple of weeks away. I'm also quite shocked it has taken me this long to see further north than Whangarei. Can't wait to do it again!