Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Off to New Zealand!

It has been nearly a year since the exciting and interesting trip to San Miguel de Allende. If you want to reminisce or check out the great photos about those adventures, just scroll down. We are just about ready to launch our next extended trip, this time to New Zealand for six weeks. My ornery travel companion told me she did not want any more of those 18 hour flights from Hell, so this trip we are breaking up the flights with a stop going in Fiji and a stop returning in Tahiti. This was my not so subtle way of avoiding the exorbitant price of business class tickets. Our itinerary is posted below and we always enjoy hearing from you. We will have the lap top with us and have access to the internet most of time. You can also always post comments on the blog. I will start posting regularly about February 16.

New Zealand Itinerary & Information

Friday, February 8 – Fly to Los Angeles for the ABA mid-year meeting on Horizon Flight
2155 departing at 6:00 a.m., then Alaska Flight 574 departing at 8:00 a.m. and
arriving in LA at 10:36 a.m. Hertz Rental Car Reservation # D88432742F1 Staying at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, L.A. (310) 228-1234

Monday, February 11 – Leave LAX at 10:15 pm on Air New Zealand Flight 21

Wednesday, February 13 – Arrive in Nadi, Fiji at 5:55 am. Stay at Tanoa International Hotel,
Volualevu Road Nadi Airport (see http://www.tanoa-international-fiji.com )

Friday, February 15 – Depart Nadi for Auckland at 7:10 am on Air New Zealand Flight 21

Friday, February 15 – Arrive in Auckland at 11:15 am
Pick-up rental car from Cruisin NZ Cars. Call 0800 50 22 77 for transfer to depot

Friday, February 15 – Check into Quay West (Apartment 8th Floor B) at 8 Albert St, Auckland
Central (see http://www.aptsinakld.co.nz/apartment.php?id=68 )

Friday, February 22 – Depart Auckland

Saturday, February 23 – Drive North Island to Wellington

Sunday, February 24 – Arrive in Wellington and check into Atlas Level 4 apartment
(2 bedrooms) at Atlas House, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington City for 20 nights
(see http://www.aptsinwgtn.co.nz/apartment.php?id=6 )

Saturday, March 15 – Check out of Atlas House and drive to Christchurch on the South
Reservation on the Interislander from Wellington to Picton @ 10:35 a.m., check-in is at 9:35 a.m. Arrival in Picton at 1:35 p.m.

Saturday, March 15 – Check into LivingSpace Apartments Christchurch at 96 Litchfield
Street, Christchurch in a 1 bedroom Executive Suite for 11 nights
(see http://www.livingspace.net/short_stay/christchurch/rooms_executive_suites.htm )

Wednesday, March 26 – Check out of LivingSpace and tour South and North Islands to
locations that we might not have visited and want to see
Reservation on Interislander from Picton to Wellington @ 1:15 p.m. Final Check-in at 12:15 p.m. Arrival in Wellington at 4:25 p.m.

Monday, March 31 – Depart Auckland at 2:05 pm on Air New Zealand flight 4082 operated by
Air Tahiti Nui (TN 102)

Sunday, March 30 – Arrive at 8:05 pm in Papeete, Tahiti. Staying at Radisson Plaza Resort
Tahiti, Lafayette Beach (see: http://www.radisson.com/webExtra.do?hotelCode=TAHITI&key=webextra.services.)

Wednesday, April 2 – Depart at 10:00 pm on Air New Zealand flight 4092 operated by Air
Tahiti Nui (TN 12)

Thursday, April 3 – Arrive at LAX at 9:15 am. Staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites LAX, 5249 West Century Blvd, phone # (310) 645-2200

Friday, April 4 – Depart LAX on Alaska Flight 455 at 10:30 a.m. arriving SeaTac at 1:06 p.m.,
then Horizon Flight 2084 departing at 3:20 p.m. and arriving at Pangborn at 4:05 p.m.

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