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Goodbye New Zealand, G'day Oz

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You may have noticed from the photos that the further through New Zealand we travelled Gary looks scruffier & scruffier. He was growing a beard for Movember. Here are the results....
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Only Joking, here is the real growth...
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As it was for Movember, here is a picture of the Mo.
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Don't worry, it didn't stay like that, the whole lot was shaved off once we reached Auckland and had the luxury of an en suite bathroom again. We won't miss the getting dressed in the middle of the night to walk from the van to the toilet in the rain.

Auckland was great and on our first day we wandered down to the harbour for lunch and then up to the top of the Sky Tower for some fantastic views over the city. Gary now owes Vicki GBP50 for standing on the glass floor. She keeps surprising me with her dare devil stunts!
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The next day we took a boat trip across the harbour to Waiheke Island for another wine tasting tour. We visited three vineyards, Kennedy Point, Obsidian and then lunch at Mudridge Creek. It was a fantastic day with sunny weather and excellent scenery and superb wine. A great way to finish our time in New Zealand.
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We flew from Auckland to Melbourne where Uncle Bill met us at the airport and kindly gave us a place to stay. It was great to see all of the family and had a wonderful time with them. We had a nice chinese meal with Bill & Anne at the Turtle Den and an amazing italian with Russell & Jodie, Neville and Bill. On our last day in Melbourne we had an aussie BBQ at Russell's with King Island steak - You beauty! Russell really can talk people into anything and even managed to get Gary to eat raw carrot!
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Vicki also has relly's in Melbourne and on the Saturday morning we took a train into the centre of town to meet Janice at Federation Square. We had a coffee on Brunswick Street and then we were invited to her friend Margaret's street party/BBQ in Fitzroy where we had lamb snags, Sauvignon Blanc and Little Creatures Pale Ale. A couple of days later we met up with Janice again with her parents Alan & Joanna for lunch in Federation Square and a visit to viewing deck of the Eureka tower. It was lovely to meet up with the family and we had a bonza time.
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Even the weather in Melbourne was grouse (That means good, it was warm and sunny the whole time we were there).

Posted by GPonder76 22:51 Archived in Australia Tagged family_travel

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