Sunday December 29, Perth
Another lazy day.
Breakfast in Perth, then the train to Fremantle (Freo as the Aussies call it ). We walked the downtown, full of tourists, busy coffee shops and all the usual stores.
Then a free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus to South Beach for a swim. Lovely, and after dipping our feet in several times two weeks ago, finally a swim in the Indian Ocean. So far we’ve managed to swim in two oceans (Indian and South) and one sea (Tasman) on this trip. We might get into the Pacific Ocean in New Zealand.
Back to Perth mid afternoon. A drink and an early pizza dinner at one of the Italian restaurants on James Street, followed by more lazy time in Russell Square, a nearby park. Inge snoozed, we watched a small dog run and play exuberantly. Taxi to the airport where we found no lineups, giving until 22:45 to wait for the plane to Melbourne.
Monday December 30, Melbourne and Auckland
An uneventful night flight to Melbourne, a three-hour layover and another uneventful flight to Auckland. Inge managed some sleep but I didn't. With losing a night and a five hour time change, it's great that I've been sleeping well for the last few weeks.
Slow process going through the formalities to enter New Zealand, but easy. As NZ is strict about bringing plant matter into the country, we thought it would be harder. We had to declare that we had hiking boots with us, that we had been in a forest within the last 30 days and that we were bringing in wood products (a carving we purchased in Australia). But the inspection of our belongings was quick. Luckily, we know the rules and washed our hiking boots squeaky clean before leaving Australia.
Mike was waiting for us at the airport. Liz cooked a good meal and we managed to stay up until 9 pm!