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The Rock-itt : March 2011
and made the journey easy. W e even had a nice Kiwi lady telling us where to go. First nights hotel was the very flash Lang- ham Hotel in Auckland. On our arrival the doorman said he would be happy to park our car for us for $35NZ or I could go and park it myself in the same car park for $10 and walk the 100 metres back to the hotel. After I had walked the 100 metres back we checked with their multinational check in persons and confirmed we were happy to pay the $309 NZ ($232 Oz) for the night and made it to our room. Nice, a bit like a men’s club, all dark wood and brass fittings. A bit small though but none the less comfortable. There were at least 14 bottles of bathroom stuff and I liber- ally used most of them. The hotel had a nice bar, friendly waitress and a very nice bottle of Monteith’s stout which I hadn’t encoun- tered before. Up relatively early and with an evening ap- pointment in Rotorua there was not a lot of time to lose. This was a daft trip really, we just didn’t leave ourselves enough time but we had fun none the less. I had noticed that there was an Antarctic Expedition on in the Museum of Transport and Technology at a place called Western Springs a suburb of Auckland. Tom Tom came into its own and in 10 minutes we were out of the car and riding a Melbourne tram which is how you get around the museums extensive grounds. It was around $20 NZ to get in and first stop was a huge hangar which as its main exhibit housed a Lancaster bomber that had found its way to New Zealand via France. It was a quirky place, very much a work in progress but with heaps of things to see. W e found vintage cars, motor bikes, the biggest beam engine in the southern hemisphere and a man stoking a massive boiler built in the fac- tory which was at the end of my road when I was a kid in the UK. Daniel Adamson’s of Dukinfield, it’s a small world. We also found former New Zealand PM Hel- en Clark’s post bike, obviously a shrine at which the NZ public flock to worship! It’s well worth a trip to MOTAT, it has a work- ing railway at the weekends for the steam fans but I was especially excited by its two huge flying boats. One is a Sunderland flying boat like the ones that used to fly down from the UK to Rose Bay, the other was a Tern, very similar to the Sunderland but even rarer. Did I mention the trams? You just have to go there. A couple of hours at MOTAT then the Tom Tom was set for the roughly six hour drive to Rotorua and our next flash nights’ accommo- dation, then on to Greytown, W ellington, Kaikoura and Christchurch which I’ll tell you about next month! Have a look at MOTATS web site www.motat.org.nz Hell awaits us in Rotorua!! Say hello; Ozpromoman@bigpond.com This is how they used to sell ice cream in New Zealand! MOTAT again. Holy Grail for Airplane fans, a Sunderland Flying Boat under the wing of a Tern Fly- ing Boat. MOTAT. Former NZ Premier Helen Clark’s moped. Who said museums are boring???!!! The Langham Hotel Auckland 5 star luxury!