We quickly parked the car and rushed to get in the queue to check in for our flight, feeling relieved that there were many people arriving behind us in the queue. That was until someone official looking called out asking if anyone in the queue was waiting for the Auckland flight and we were the only ones! We were given an express pass to hurry through customs and security and were glad to be on the plane.
We drove North of Auckland to Warkworth to have dinner with Su, Mick's twin sister. It was a lovely evening and a great meal. We stayed just a few doors up at Warkworth Lodge. I was disappointed to discover my camera battery had gone flat so the few photos I took were on my phone. Better than nothing.
I was determined to allow more time than necessary to get to the airport and check in. Everything went fine and we were waiting at the boarding gate when there seemed to be a fair amount of discussion happening among the boarding crew and other officials. An announcement was made that we would be leaving half an hour late due to the ash from the Chile volcano eruption. Once we were finally on the plane the pilot announced that we would be detouring over Brisbane. It was to be a long trip. As we landed, the pilot said we were near on the last plane being permitted to land in Melbourne as they were closing down due to the ash cloud. The airport was amazingly quiet and we breezed through. We were extremely glad to get home knowing thousands of other passengers were now being held up and unable to fly.
What is it with those Kiwis! The coffee comes in a bowl!