|We visited the LDS Temple in Hamilton New Zealand.|
It will close for 3 years in July for extensive renovation.
We definitely missed the open friendliness of the people of Tonga. We have learned so much from them and hope to be able to incorporate their genuine friendliness into our lives. At the same time, we longed to be in our comfortable home in Utah surrounded by our loved ones and dear friends.
|Hillside view through the window as we headed for Hamilton NZ to see the Temple|
We arrived in New Zealand at midnight and by the time we made it through customs and rented our car it was about 1:00 A.M. We still had to drive about 25 miles to our hotel. It wouldn't have been too bad but one of the main roads was completely shut down and we had to take a detour through the main city of Auckland. Our GPS may not have found the most efficient way to the hotel but it did get us there eventually (after about an hour). We checked into the Spencer Hotel on Byron in Takapuna around 2:00 A.M. and went right to sleep.
|Street lights everywhere|
|Lights for crossing the street|
What a strange land ... every movement whether by automobile or on foot seems to be controlled by these strange red, yellow, and green lights. It seem like I have seen them before but it is such vague memory that I can't be sure.
|Big Salad at the Leaf & Loaf|
|I told Lepeka that I was smiling but|
she said it looked closer to a grimace.
|Lepeka ordered the |
Granola and yogurt
|Who knew that you could also order salad at McDonalds.|
If I had only know before I ordered the Big Mac extra value meal!
|Driving on a multi-lane highway was a bit more confusing than|
driving in Tonga even though I am used to driving on the left.
We also went grocery shopping at Countdown (one of the big grocery chains in Auckland). We didn't buy much since we couldn't bring it back with us but just walking through and seeing all of the options was fun. We were going to buy some more Miracle Whip and just pay the fee to bring it back but we couldn't find it at any of the store we walked through. I guess we'll just have to wait until we get home again in November.
|Sister Kapp is all smiles while waiting for her first good|
salad in a long time at the Leaf and Loaf. Hair cut and style
is on the schedule for tomorrow.
|Sunset view from the wind of our plane on Saturday night.|
We were told that since the cancellation was due to weather they airline was not responsible for our hotel. We tried to reach every hotel listed on the convenience board that we near to the airport (probably about 15 of them and they were all full. We rented a car and decided to put hotels in the GPS, select one and go there and ask (our phone didn't work in NZ). After trying a few we decided to get a little bit further away from the airport. I found a Best Western about 10 miles away and we headed there.
It took us quite a while to get there since we were routed through all of the backstreets. Oh, and did I mention it was also raining cats and dogs in NZ. When we finally got to the Best Western, the lady at the desk said she could move a few things around to accommodate us and then asked, "how did you find us?"
She said that not many people are able to find them as there location is pretty out of the way. We felt grateful and very blessed to find a place to stay our 2 extra days in New Zealand.
|Boarding for the second time on Monday afternoon with our fingers crossed.|
|The flight locator on our flight Monday afternoon. Hmmm, I guess we weren't|
the only ones thinking about coming back to the United States.