Jen on the second level sun-deck of the Ocean Quest
Dive staging area on the lower level of the Ocean Quest
Stearn view of the Ocean Quest
Port Douglas over looking 4 mile beach.
Waiheke Island view
Mike and Jen on Waiheke Island
We made it back "home" to New Zealand, at least that's what it felt like as we rode in the shuttle back to the familiar hostel in Auckland last night.
I promised to post more photos once we found an Internet cafe so those are at the top.
Today we went to Waiheke Island, kind of a Madeline Island on New Zealand a 30 min ferry ride off the coast of Auckland. We rented a 150cc motorcycle and rode around the island for a couple of hours until we got rained out. We were able to get some great photos, some are mixed in with the Cairns photos above so you'll have to read the captions.
The Island was very nice, we met a fellow American who had also rented a motorcycle, we had a beer with him in the local pub while waiting for the return ferry. Turns out he works for the Secret Service based in LA and is in NZ with his wife who works for the New Zealand Consulate in LA. He was from St Cloud, MN so we had lots to talk about. We gave him some ideas for enjoying the South Island as he and his wife were heading down there this weekend. Very nice guy.
So now were in Auckland, Crosby Stills and Nash are playing in concert tonight so Jen wants to see if we can score any last minute tickets to the show. Maybe we can get a couple of the reserve tickets they usually hold up to the hour before the show. We'll see...
Other than that we finally found where to shop, the Auckland area downtown has lots of good stores with reasonable prices so we're feeling optimistic we can find some good stuff.
We fly out to LA tomorrow at 7:15PM and arrive the same day at 10:15AM so tomorrow is our Ground Hog's Day... ;)
Hope everyone is doing well, we'll see you soon.
Love, Mike and Jen.