For once the Kookaburras laughing at us at 5 in the morning didn't get a few choice swear words aimed at them as they were a very welcome alarm clock. We were ready for 6.30am, time for my brother to get us to the airport. He estimated a 45-minute journey and, with us needing to be checked in 3 hours before the flight due to leave at 10 am, he managed to do it in record time. It wasn't all plain sailing though because going through security and border control I was pulled out of the line, had a full body Xray and then fleeced! Do I look that much like a terrorist? Ian also got the same treatment so I reckon they were just pulling people out at random.
Flight took off on time and, with a tail wind, arrived in Auckland ahead of schedule. But that wind!!! At one point I wondered if the wings would ever be on the level. They were up one second and down the next and I had visions of landing on the runway sideways. At the last minute the plane straightened up and we hit the deck somewhat harder than I would have liked. Thank goodness we got down okay! Not brilliant weather either very overcast and drizzly and the 25° actual temperatures felt more like 17°.
|Leaving Sydney airport.|
|Looked promising, weather-wise, as we approached Auckland|
|But the nearer we got to the airport, the cloudier it got.|
So bring on NZ. We collect the campervan tomorrow and the first port of call (after stocking up with food and booze) will be Bay of Islands.