Monday, 28 November 2022

The last hop to here

 Brisbane airport was a pleasant place to be...even when one had slept on a firm sofa! The coffee shops open at 4.30 am, and we found a corner to sit outside for a while as well. It was a long day...and communication problems with setting up roaming on my phone meant that we missed seeing our friend, even though she came after work in the afternoon to see us...and missed us.







There are real trees growing inside, plus the roof supports look like tree trunks. This all makes the place beautifully airy even when busy.
Off to the next aeroplane...looking rather small after the 777 then the 380 "scarebus"...the most modern apart from the Dreamliner, a 737-800.
I was fortunate to have a window seat, to see the sunset and clouds. We saw the moon as well, but that photo didn't come out well.



Our host was waiting for us as we cleared customs, then a twenty minute easy drive to Tai Tapu, where his eldest son was excitedly waiting to see us!!
He is probably reasonably severely autistic, but although not able to work he is a nice helpful person and lives in a sleepout so has his  self contained space to call his own.
We all chatted and drunk tea for a couple of hours or so, which helped us unwind after the journey.
Yesterday we helped get a campervan ready to go out...just the final polish of the windows. Then I drove our host's car following the van as he delivered it.
He hadn't thought to get back into renting camper vans again after the lockdown...but regular renters contacted him...and off they went in their regular vehicle.

It was good way of getting used to NZ roads again and easing us back into things.

Today it is cooler and a little showery...maybe warmer later...and we hope to get the camper car for our travels!
It was good to wake a little before 5am to the dawn chorus. Something we have really been missing. It is so good to be back here.

13 comments:

Susan Heather said...

Welcome back.

gz said...

So glad to be here Susan

Barbara R. said...

I know you will enjoy your time in NZ. And it's summer!!

Betty the Wood Fairy said...

Excited for you! it's fantastic that you have arrived jet lagged an with loads to do but put in time to blog, thank you ... would love to see pics of your camper and what you are using to cook etc., not to mention the sights on your journey - have a wonderful and safe trip.

Raewyn said...

Welcome (back) to New Zealand!

smartcat said...

((o))

The bike shed said...

What an adventure - lucky you. Not missing much here weather wise I can tell you!

Frex said...

Happy for you! Glad to see you got there safely and were warmly welcomed.
Frex = Fresca

Steve Reed said...

Sounds wonderful! You must be thrilled to be away from the dark, rainy UK.

Amy said...

So where in NZ are you visiting? North Island or South Island? Bet it's good to finally be here after that long flight.

gz said...

We certainly are, Steve!

gz said...

Amy Pirate wants to head for Invercargill..via Peter and Laura in Waikouati.
There is discussion as to whether we see Milford Sound...but definitely up the West Coast..maybe we can see you? Then across to Blenheim before crossing to the North Island and Whanganui for Xmas....and the NZ Masters Games in February....and seeing friends near Hamilton, Whangarei, cousins in Taupō Bay......so many people to see and places to be....and enjoy!!

molly said...


This sounds like a great adventure - have a wonderful time!