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Trip Report A quick trip to the North Island.

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As usual I've ummed and ahhhed about whether to do this report, this time because we didn't actually 'do' a lot. It was just a week of relaxing mainly, before the New Year kicked off. But we stayed at some great hotels & ate some great food, so I thought I should share.

We are in our late 40's (okay, we turn 50 this year!!!) and we had some Emirates points that were about to expire and the only place we could actually get to with so few points was Auckland. We had only previously only been to the South Island, apart from a surprise anniversary dinner a few years ago in Auckland. So with only a couple of weeks to plan we departed Brisbane for Auckland 30 Dec, with really only a hire car booked and the first couple of nights accommodation booked.
The flight with Emirates (economy class) was a breeze, a quick 3 hours a bit of lunch and a movie and we arrived in Auckland. Picked up our car, dh had a reserved a midrange and was very happy to get a Falcon XR6 sedan, ticked all the boxes.

Drove straight onto Whangarei where we had 3 nights booked at Lodge Bordeaux: a really great Lodge/Motel. I have just reviewed on Trip Advisor but we had a huge room c/w separate lounge/dining area, well equipped kitchen, huge bathroom c/w spa and most importantly a really comfy bed. Oh and we even had a little outdoor sitting area off the lounge. 3 x nights = $554.50AUD

We settled in and then went for a drive around the town and dropped into the TI for a bunch of brochures. Asked our landlord for a dinner recommendation, casual & seafood, he did good, sent us to the Killer Prawn. Great menu and beautiful food, you know you are in for a treat when you just can’t decided what to have.
I opted for New Zealand green lipped mussels
— Provencal with olives, tomato, garlic, white wine and basil
Followed by Twice roasted twelve hour lamb
— pistachio crusted, served on tossed witlof and pomegranate salad
with a caramelised onion jam

All of which was perfection, dh had the Fresh fish and chips
— served with chunky chips, salad, tartare sauce and malt vinegar served in ‘newspaper’.

$77AUD c/w 4 drinks, great value thanks to the strong Aussie dollar. We both decided we would be back the next night to try their signature prawn dish, unfortunately it was New Years Eve and they were closed.

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