We are back in England now but thought we would update the blog one last time so you can all read the last bits of our adventures!
The day after we got back to new Zealand we went up to paihai up in the north! We had a day trip to the very north, Cape Reinga. We saw lots of huge kauri trees, even hugged one! Got driven along a beach and then climbed up a 86metre sand dune and went sandboarding down it! This wa great fun and very quick, I nearly managed to go under a moving car but luckily we both stopped, got some cheers from the top of the dune where our guide and some of the group were! Cat scraped the skin of her toes as your feet are the brakes and she spent the whole way down slowing herself! We then went to Cape Reinga lighthouse and found we were 18029km away from London! We stopped at a wooden carving place on the way back and there was a kauri tree with a stairway carved inside it! Our last stop was for fish and chips, freshly caught fish! We had to eat them on the bus as we were running out of time, which was interesting as it was bumpy!
The next day we went on a boat trip around the Bay of Islands, unfortunately it was raining and very choppy but we still saw lots of bottle nose dolphins! We were driven back to Auckland that day and then went to stay with my friend, Mimi, was good to see her again and nice to have some home comforts again!
The 31st December was a strange day! Our first flight was at 3pm and was 12 hours, about an hour in we crossed the international date line and went back to the 30th December! We landed in LA at 6.30am on the 31st and then had two hours until our 5hour flight to New York! We both slept for the whole of this one as we were very tired, we landed in NY at 5pm! After going to our hotel/hostel and putting lots of layers on we went to Times Square to see in the new year! We stood in a large crowd waiting for the ball to drop at midnight. We were there about 3 hours and then the countdown started, a few times! The ball dropped and fireworks started, all very quick but still exciting being there!
The next day we slept in and then visited Times Square, went in the Hershey's shop and the M+M shop! We also went to see Mamma Mia on Broadway, it was amazing!
On the 2nd we went up the Empire State Building, then into Macy's, then up the Rockafeller Centre! We went to TGI Fridays for dinner as we thought we should try an American restaurant in America!
On the 3rd we went to Madame tussauds as it was really cold and we thought staying inside was a better option! We saw lots of waxwork celebs, some we didn't know as they were American celebs!
The next day we queued for 2 and a half hours in the cold to get a ferry to see the statue of liberty! We got off at liberty island and walked around and took pictures! We then went to where the world trade centre was and looked at the museum dedicated to it.
On our last day we went to see lion king on broadway! It was amazing! We then walked around the shops some more and spent some more money! We then went to planet Hollywood for dinner. Got a flashing souvenir glass to keep, with pink lemonade to drink, cat had mountain dew, very American! We ate so much but it was so good! We then packed all our stuff up which took a while with all the new stuff we have.
Nice early start on the 6th we were up at 4.30am to get to the airport to fly back to England!
We have had an amazing three months, met lots of great people, made lots of memories and got loads of photos to look through!!
Thank you all for reading our blog, look forward to seeing u all in person soon!