This morning the alarm went off early. But this was not bad because it was for a good cause, today we are flying to New Zealand.
Around 7:00 pm we went with our suitcases to the bus that goes to Schiphol, fortunately the bus driver was kind enough to wait until we were boarded. Once at the airport we were also lucky that the Singapore Airlines check-in desk was open early. Luckily our lugaguge was under 30 kilos per bag. After checking in, it was time for a well deserved cup of coffee and a sandwich.
We noticed that we recently had become a bit spoiled for legroom in an airplane, it now was a bit disappointing. Luckily they had a lot of movies for us to choose from, we'll get through the next 12 hours. Because of the bad weather (rain) in Singapore, we flew an extra circle above the airport. At the airport of Singapore itself, we had some time to have a snack and to stretch our legs.
Our next flight was on a Air New Zealand plane, unfortunately ours was a quite boring adorned plane, the tail was the standard black with the white fern leaf.
We landed a half an hour before schedule at Auckland airport. Fortunately for us there had landed only a few other planes, so we had a short que before customs. One day before my brother had had the bad luck that six planes had landed at the same time.
When waiting for Peter's suitcase I could see one of the custom dogs in action, he sat down at the bag of a woman. They actually had food with them but it was allowed and they had reported it on the arrival card.
We brought different foods with us and this time I even had brought a piece of cheese for my brother. Because it is sealed, it yields no problem as long as you indicate it on your arrivel card.
Because we all eventually stood in the arrivals area of the airport at the time that we were supposed to land, my brother wasn't there to pick us up from the airport. He was surprised that we were already there. Because he had to park his car for only a short period in the parking lot, he did not have to pay anything. From the airport we drove to Hamilton. Once arrived at his house, we drank a glass of water and then it was finally time to go to bed, it was after three o'clock in the morning.
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