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Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
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Trip End May 02, 2013


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chiang Mai 16:25 - Air Asia 3243 - Bangkok 17:40
The first leg went smoothly.  We spent our layover eating fried chicken, sticky rice and steamed pork buns, exchanging our remaining Thai baht to New Zealand dollars and snapping a few photos of the gargantuan Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.

Bangkok 22:00 - Jetstar 30 - Melbourne 10:00
For leg two, the longest of the four at nine hours, no free food or drinks were offered to us, but we were prepared with snacks and sleep aids.  We awoke just after sunrise somewhere over central Australia and later landed uneventfully in Melbourne amid pleasant conditions, three time zones ahead.

Melbourne 11:50 - Qantas 131 - Auckland 17:35
After some minor confusion about requiring a booked flight out of New Zealand in order to gain entry we were permitted to board the plane.  Qantas came through for us in the service department with friendly staff serving a full meal plus tea and free beer.  After crossing our final two time zones we touched down in the Auckland rain a little early.  We'd heard that due to its relatively small size and sensitive environment, New Zealand is very strict about what people bring in.  We declared our dirty footwear and natural soaps to avoid being fined, but there were no issues.

Auckland 19:20 - Air New Zealand 8229 - Tauranga 19:55
The smallest plane and the shortest flight was also the most turbulent.  The rain continued as we walked across the tarmac in Tauranga and were greeted by our gracious hosts David and Sally Guest, brother and sister-in-law of Jason's good friend Mike back home.
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Val Hedstrom on

Glad you arrived in New Zealand. We are still in Chiang Mai but a week from now we will be on our way back to Canada. Looking forward to following your blog
Val and Rick

Lloyd on

Rain and wind - sounds like Vancouver! Glad you arrived safely in NZ - that was a long time sitting in airplanes. Enjoy NZ.

We're off to Moab, UT and Sedona AZ to do some hiking.

Steph Y on

Hope you're both doing well and enjoying your time in New Zealand! Look forward to hearing more about your travels ... I miss your blogs :)
Take good care, Steph

Trudy on

Where are you?!

The "I miss Sylvia support group" is concerned

Trudy on

Jason, we miss you too!

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