The Flight from Heathrow to LA went OK but as expected
the delays at LA were long.
Eventually we made it through the security and back onto
the same plane to continue our flight to Auckland. The trip over was good
and I think everyone got some sleep (apart from Mike B he told me). It
was Mike L's birthday and perhaps his longest or shortest as we
never worked out exactly when his birthday actually started and finished
on the long flight with the various time zones etc. Anyway, the very kind
flight staff made him up a cake to celebrate.
next step to transfer from Auckland International to the Auckland internal
to catch the flight to Christchurch was not so straightforward. We get
into Auckland in good time but it takes ages to get through Customs. Then
it took ages to get all the TV gear and bags together for the Customs
check for the internal flight. We finally got the gear together to be
told that we were too late to check them in to be transferred to the internal
airport and that we had to make the journey with them by ourselves. Only
a km!! The stars were out and I get my first glimpse of the winter constellation
of Orion upside down in the dark Southern Skies. We hurtle down to the
airport, bags coming off every so often along the way! Slightly mad, almost
hysterical, early morning dash. Not everyone finds it a laugh though!
Just make it to the airport in time (not sure if they would have waited
for us ...)
Make it to the hotel in Christchurch at about 9 am but
our rooms were not ready yet, so we had to wait a little. Very tired....
Derek and I were the last to get a room. Phone Sarah (girlfriend) to let
her know I had got in OK to NZ and the hotel. Have
1½ hour's sleep. Then wander around Christchurch recalling
things I had seen the last time I was here with Sarah about 4 years ago.
Wish she were here. Write a card and post it and start to write this diary.