Bryan and I feel so lucky. We got to have two honeymoons. The first was a road trip up the coast of CA and New Zealand was our second. Some people think we're nuts to share our honeymoon with about 50 strangers but to us, it was perfect. We went on a Contiki trip. Contiki is a tour group where you travel by bus with up to 50 other people. The trip includes hotels, breakfast, transportation, 5 dinners, tour guide, and stress free holiday. All we had to do was pick which activity we wanted to do for the day. The strangers became friends and the land became our playground. We miss New Zealand and totally have the travel bug!!! I think each day should have it's own post so sit back and get ready for our trip of a life time!
December 21st 2010
Andrea and I making use of our layover...a fan was involved.
The past couple of days have been crazy. On December the 19th we got on our plane around 8pm. We meet our best friends Mike and Andrea at the gate before we boarded. We were so happy they wanted to join us on our adventure. They also got married this summer so it was like a double honeymoon. Little did we know there was a problem with it. We waited on the plane for about two hours before we actually took off. I guess this wasn't that big of a deal because we had a layover in Sydney for 6 hours. We had lots of time to kill. It was better to spend that time on the plane where we each had our own TV. This wasn't what I was use to. The seats went back further and the food wasn't that bad either! Once the plane was about to take off Bryan gave me a small pill to help me sleep (Thanks Kristy)! After I took it the world was spinning and I was super happy. I felt great. I pasted out before the plane was off the ground. We all took a little something to aid in our slumber. We slept pretty well, for being on a plane.
When we landed in Sydney, Bryan and I really wanted to try an Austrailian beer. I don't remember what it was called but it was good. The layover went quick, next thing I knew we were in Auckland New Zealand. Arriving in Auckland was thrilling. Everything was so green. the view from the plane was straight out of a movie. the water was crashing against the cliffs. It was green for miles. Driving in a super shuttle was scary. i don't think I'll get use to how they drive on the opposite side of the road. we checked into our hotel and made reservations at the Orbit restaurant at the top of the skytower. dinner was pricy but the view was worth it. It was a great way to kick off the beginning of the trip.
Auckland is so clean. It reminds us of San Francisco, if it was clean. HA. we love having Mike and Andrea with us. It's great to have friends with us that get to share in this journey together. It's also nice to have another couple that cares about pictures as much as we do. This whole trip will be documented in so many ways. It's our once in a life time trip. Tomorrow we meet our whole tour group. We can't wait!!!
The view from the skytower...
The tower was red and green for Christmas.