Day 1: Balmy Palmy via Auckland to Sunny Brisbane

Bags are Packed: All preparations are complete:  Air New Zealand NZ 8112 from Palmerston North on time, thankfully, as we only had a 90 Minute layover in  Auckland before continuing on NZ 136 to Brisbane which was delayed half an hour.  We book Seat and bag as there is no food available to suit Jeanette’s dietary needs  ie Citric Acid Free (Allergic) and Gluten and dairy Free (Intolerant).  Would be nice for us loyal Air New Zealand (Gold Elite) passengers to get complimentary Movies but that is not to be. You want them. You pay for them.

Air New Zealand Airbus 320

Flight was good.  Watched four episodes of the TV Show ‘Training Day’ on the plane and made sure we got our 250 steps each hour even though we were in the air. Brisbane Customs was easy and even our bags came out quite quickly.

And there to greet us were out wonderful friends Rodger and Carolyn.  We had already booked a the Little Truffle Restaurant in Mermaid Beach for Dinner and started the week away with a great night out.  The food was fantastic. My Quail & Mushroom Risotto followed by Braised Beef Cheeks with Gnocchi, finishing with a Wee Fig & Cheese plate was perfect. Jeanette had Poussin with Duck Fat Potatoes. The service was very slow with the whole meal taking almost three hours

Then to Bonogin where we will reside for the duration.  Settled in to our Guest Cottage and went to bed to adjust to the time differential.

Great to be where the sun shines and the overnight low is greater than Palmy’s daytime high.



One thought on “Day 1: Balmy Palmy via Auckland to Sunny Brisbane

  1. Jeanette McGrath July 13, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Great day the fact Alan can feel like he is on holiday even though he is working.

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