34 hours of travelling… wow.
Now you’re probably wondering how it could take so long. Well, here goes:
- Taxi from Koh Lanta to Krabi airport: 2 hours
- Krabi airport: 2 hours
- Flight to Bangkok: 1.5 hours
- Bangkok airport: 3.5 hours
- Flight to Sydney: 9.5 hours
- Sydney airport: 3.5 hours
- Flight to Auckland: 3.5 hours
- Wait for missing luggage & get campervan: 4 hours
- Midnight drive to our camping spot in Whangaumu Bay: 4.5 hours.
The trip didn’t feel as bad as you might think though. We had plenty of slack in the schedule so we could take plenty of breaks and didn’t need to stress. The iGadgets (iphones & ipad) saved us several times when the kids got bored or fidgety.
The only real problem was at the end of the journey at Auckland airport, when we found that several pieces of luggage were missing. The problem was that we wanted to wait for our late luggage to arrive (on the next flight from Sydney). However, we had to pick up the campervan by 17:30 or they would close, and we would be homeless and exhausted on Christmas eve. How fun is that? So after a few panicky minutes of evaluating options we decided to split up – I took Dave & Emma and got the campervan while Sia & Peter & Jenny stayed at the airport to wait for the luggage.
But then when Sophia was going to meet me afterwards her taxi couldn’t find the campervan place, and then our phones died so we didn’t know how to find each other and, well, it was a mess. Everything seemed to be going wrong.
Things worked out in the end though, and we finally got to Whangaumu Bay (north of Auckland) and hung out a few days with Gabby (Gabrielle Benefield) and her family. They had found a nice camping spot for us right near their summer house by the beach. (Hmmm, always feels weird talking about summer in December…)
Anyway we played on the beach, paddled kayaks, took walks in the sun, played with remote-controlled helicopters, ate lots of good food, and just had a great time. Definitely worth the 34 hour transit!