We rang in the New Year all together with a delicious gourmet dinner of salmon, salad, lamb, kumara (sweet potato) and green beans with Death By Chocolate for dessert...mmm! The kids feasted on Pizza and Ice cream. At midnight, we enjoyed a fireworks display launched from the top of the Sky Tower and we had a fantastic view.
It's funny, Jay, Jenny and I haven't slept in a bed other than on the boat for 18 months and for Jocelyn it's been 9 months. It was strange, you would think it would be a luxurious treat to have more space and to be in a still bed with no boat noises, but actually none of us slept very well. In fact, we all had a fabulous sleep once we returned to the familiar motion and noises of the boat.
New Zealand is rich with Maori culture, in fact I'm continually amazed at the knowledge and respect the Kiwi's have of their heritage. Throughout the country you can see examples of Maori carvings, this one was in the visitors centre in Rotorua.