The flight went very smoothly and I even slept a little on the plane. We were really packedin and we were seated next to the last group out of Terra Nova Bay (the Italian base) but it was so noisy that conversation was out of the question.
The temperature here in NZ is mild. It has been both raining and sunny since we arrived. Not as warm as I had expected but really the perfect temperature. Our first day here we managed to get a lot done. We renewed our visas, opened a bank account, did some important shopping and best of all we found our van. It is an 86 Toyota Lite Ace. It is going to be the perfect vehicle to take us around NZ for the next two months. Now that we have gotten our transport situation taken care of we have begun to plan our trip. We still have a few things to pick up before we head out on the road. A friend of ours is having a party for Ice People on Sunday and we are planning our departure from CHC for the day after. AAA has reciprocity with NZAA but we have been delayed getting verification of our account status and now it is the weekend so we might now make it out on Monday. We have a mobile phone now. We mailed ourselves one from Italy that works here with a SIM card. The number is 0211814798. The country code is 64. I am not sure how to dial it from the US so you would have to experiment. We are currently looking for an Internet Service Provider that we can dial-up from the cell phone and connect on the computer with. The number needs to be a 0800 or 0508 number to avoid paying for minutes on the phone. It has proven to be a challenge.
Luci says Hi.
Tags: New Zealand 2004