Amazingly the weather continued to be, well, amazing! Bright blue skies and sunny days with temperatures between 20 and 25, perfect in my book!
With such great days our holiday continued along in a similar trend to the previous weeks with a lot of time spent outside, running, visiting parks and generally just hanging out.
As we were flying out to Thailand on the morning of New Years Day, New Years Eve was a complete non event although the following morning was a bit of a debacle! We were all packed up and ready for the two hour drive to Auckland Airport, said goodbye to Grandma and then discovered we couldn’t start the van as it had a flat battery. Jumper leads and another car were found and fairly quickly we had the van engine running. Said goodbye to Grandma again and off we went. For the next half an hour I noticed that the electrics were playing up as the speedometer and other dials were jumping all over the place. Then I started to lose power. The final straw was when we arrived in Matamata and I went to use the indicators and discovered that I had none. We pulled into a petrol station and called for back up.
Luckily we caught my Mum just as she was heading out the door to go visit the neighbour and she jumped in her car and came to rescue us. When she arrived we moved all the bags from the van to the car plus car seats etc and this time said goodbye to Mum (again) and this time Dad as there was no room for him in the car. Thank fully we had a bit of time up our sleeve and so managed to make it to the airport in time. In the mean time the neighbour came over and towed the car to a local mechanic and took Mum and Dad home. They then jumped in another car to drive to the airport to pick up the car we had left in the car park. They made such good time that we were able to wait for them to give them the keys before clearing immigration. Dad dropped Mum off outside and drove home and Mum came to find us. We gave her the keys and once again said good bye with more hugs and kisses. 10 minutes later she was back as she couldn’t find the car in the car park! More directions and then yes you guessed it – more good byes!
Finally it was time to say goodbye to New Zealand and settle in for the 12 hour direct flight to Bangkok.