[above – the IBIS at Auckland Airport provided basic but clean and comfortable accommodation – in case you were wondering, Madeleine got the top bunk!] see map,

Landed Auckland, NZ about midday. We queued through Customs, Immigration and Ecology audit, the latter of which checked our boots for any signs of dog pooh that could upset the flora and fauna here. Of course we had ‘bigged it up’ when asked whether we walked on trails in the UK which led to emptying our bags to find our footwear. Got to the nearest Ibis and tried to settle our sleep patterns.

On our return from Auckland we would be stopping for 8/9 days at Perth and 4 /5 days in Honk Kong.