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Some of the gardens at Pukeiti.

Some of the gardens at Pukeiti.

We flew from Auckland to Brisbane on a Emirates A380 (Registration A6-EDZ). This plane has been part of the Emirates fleet since October 2012 and is one of the 100 A380s in the Emirates fleet (at November 2017). Each A380 is certified to carry 868 passengers, 330 of those on the upper deck (Business and First).

We had a coffee and something to eat at the Emperor Lounge at Auckland International Airport before catching our Emirates flight to Brisbane.

15 foot Hobbit inspired dwarven statue at Auckland International Airport.

15 foot Hobbit inspired dwarven statue at Auckland International Airport.

Our Air New Zealand de Havilland  (twin-turboprop) Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 on the tarmac at New Plymouth ready for our flight to Auckland.  This plane has been part of the Air New Zealand fleet (operated by Air Nelson) since October 2007.

Our Air New Zealand de Havilland (twin-turboprop) Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 on the tarmac at New Plymouth ready for our flight to Auckland. This plane has been part of the Air New Zealand fleet (operated by Air Nelson) since October 2007.

Lunch at Art Cafe in New Plymouth.

Lunch at Art Cafe in New Plymouth.

Coffee at Lahar in Okato.

Coffee at Lahar in Okato.

Mount Egmont from Okato on a bleak day.

Mount Egmont from Okato on a bleak day.

Surf's up at Stent Road.

Surf's up at Stent Road.

Surf's up at Stent Road.

Surf's up at Stent Road.

Coast-Haven.

Coast-Haven.

The Stony River Hotel in Okato was the venue for a traditional European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market was held at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato. We also had a great meal at the hotel the night before we left to fly home.

The Stony River Hotel in Okato was the venue for a traditional European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market was held at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato. We also had a great meal at the hotel the night before we left to fly home.

Some of the crowd at the European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato.

Some of the crowd at the European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato.

A traditional European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market was held at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato. It was a very windy and cold evening but very popular with the locals.

A traditional European Christkindl mid-Winter Christmas market was held at the Stony River boutique Hotel in Okato. It was a very windy and cold evening but very popular with the locals.

Some of the new work at Pukeiti.

Some of the new work at Pukeiti.

A lone fireplace stands in the rubble of the demolished lodge and awaits the construction of a 1950s style lodge to replace the original building.

A lone fireplace stands in the rubble of the demolished lodge and awaits the construction of a 1950s style lodge to replace the original building.

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