This morning we left early to head back to Auckland (2 hrs drive). We stopped at a lovely cafe "Duck’s Landing" for tea and what has to be the worlds best Date scone – it was just awesome. Along the way we took some photos of the beach at Owega as well as vistas of Auckland itself.
We arrived at Auckland harbour in great time (thanks to Wally’s awesome driving). We visited the Yacht club and found the "Spirit of Canada". This is owned by a friend of Jeff’s (Wally and Jean’s No. 1 son). He had broken down and pulled into Auckland for repairs – it was lovely to see this 60 ft sail boat; however, it paled in comparison to come of the 200 ft yachts moored in the harbour, most if not all, had crew to do all the work. It was interesting to see these boats – worth many millions of dollars and we’re in the middle of a world recession.
We had lunch with Jean and Wally and then said our "Good-Byes" with many tears and promises to see each other again in July when they’ll be in North America.
The process of getting through customs et al was flawless – we expected to be in the queue for at least 1 hour – but were through in less than 15 minutes. Within 45 minutes our luggage was brought to our cabin and we unpacked ready to enjoy the next part of our voyage.
Standing on the desk we waved to New Zealand knowing that we’ll be back.
This will be our home for the next 2 months!