New Zealand, North Island October 2019

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For a complete map of our driving routes, see the last photo of this blog.

September 30 – 3 hours Tucson-Houston; 5 hours stop over; 15 hours Houston-Auckland; 1 hour Auckland Layover; 1 hour Auckland-Wellington

Leaving Arizona 30 September and arriving in Auckland, New Zealand 2 October; crossed international borders and lost one day.

Before
Māori Ceremony House Māori Ceremony House
Māori Ceremony House
Te Papa also has an exhibition of cultural and natural history, all done very well
leaving Arizona, we bought several mesquite honey jars for friends in New Zealand. On the plane, Bernie filled out our special NZ entry form. In the section where he asked if we had ‘animal products’ Bernie checked the ‘no’ box before reading to the end where honey was specifically mentioned.

When you enter NZ, they X-ray your bag and of course they see honey. They asked why we did not state it and honestly what we could say – ignorance, fatigue after traveling for 23 hours, not reading carefully? Long story short after paying a $ 250.00 fine, we ran to catch our flight to Wellington.

2 – 4 October Wellington

Arrive in Wellington at 8 am, get our rental car ** and be at our hotel (QT Hotel – harbor center / view) in about ½ hour. Our room was not ready (no surprise) so we went to the Te Papa National Museum (amazing) which is right across the street from the hotel.

** Bernie takes driving on the left like a duck into the water. I guess because we often drive to the left and for the whole year (South
Scenes from Battle of Gallipoli @Te Papa MuseumScene from Battle of Gallipoli @Te Papa Museum
A view of the Battle of Gallipoli @Te Papa Museum
Te Papa, the National Museum, has a larger exhibition of life: Battle of Gallipoli
Africa), looks natural to him.

The Te Papa National Museum has an excellent historical exhibition, a broad visual display greater than life: ** Gallipoli, of course, a beautiful cultural exhibition, and also an excellent exhibition of natural history.

** The main objective of the Gallipoli campaign is to end World War One quickly by creating a new war front that cannot be defended by Turkey. The campaign took place between April 25, 1915 and January 9, 1916 and was considered a major failure for the Allied Forces with 140,000 dead or injured.

New Zealand and Australian Forces (ANZAC) support British and French troops in an attempt to seize the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Turkey. Despite months of fighting, they were unsuccessful and many men died or were injured. For New Zealand the figures were 2,779 dead, 5,212 injured with a total of 7,991 victims. Allied troops were pulled out in January 1916.

For a country with a population of just over one million at that time, nearly 8,000 people were killed or injured in one very devastating campaign.

Note: I have difficulty finding the exact number of people killed and injured
Silver Fern Silver Fern
Silver Fern
Silver fern is the national symbol of New Zealand. The bottom has a silver luster that glows in the dark. Māori warriors used it to mark roads, especially at night when fighting against the British.
in Gallipoli – many different sources have different numbers, but I chose numbers quoted from more than one source.

When we entered the hotel room, we slept for a while and even though we could sleep longer, we forced ourselves to move blood by going out. Southern cold winds blow and hail (unusual) and rain sometimes italics. It was our coldest day of our five-week visit. For the worst of the storm we were in our large, warm room overlooking the harbor. Our friend Andra had ‘shouted’ at us (treated us) our first night at the hotel.