The Secret Diary of Adrian Petford Aged 39¾

The eureka moment

Posted in Before,New Zealand and Australia 2011 by Adrian Petford on August 1st, 2011

Lots of good ideas for things to see and do are all very well, but it doesn’t help if they don’t seem to fit together into any logical sequence, despite weeks of brainstorming. Thankfully, last week the moment came when everything finally clicked into place and I now have a really good itinerary planned for my New Zealand road tour.

Instead of driving all the way down to the South Island only to come back, I’m now flying directly from Auckland to Blenheim, taking a second car hire from there which I’ll then use to tour the area before heading back northwards by ferry and road. Those nice people at New Zealand Rent a Car have even done both hires as a bundled deal and waived the relocation fee for the second car which will be one-way finishing in Auckland at the end of the trip.

After a relentlessly busy few weeks, I can hardly believe the day of departure has finally arrived. My suitcases are packed and I’m now desperately double-double-double-checking I haven’t forgotten anything before I fly out tonight!