By 8.30 we were on our way again. We did have a quick petrol and coffee stop in town before we really headed out. We made good progress and it was fun to see that we were revisiting spots that we have seen before. Not only from this holiday but also our 2007 tour. It shows that we have NZ history together and that makes me happy. We had lunch in Potaruru and we thin we found the slowest serve cafe in NZ. By the time we finally got our lunch we were starving. But who cares it is a holiday, We drove straight on to Auckland. We’d decided to see if we could stay in Devonport. Devonport is on the North Shore and has the feel of a separate village and not Auckland. Much friendlier and nicer. We arrived before 3 pm and went to the i-site. We were helped but a Dutch Kiwi. As it turned out it was not easy to find something that we liked and was within our price range. Either it was full, or no answer, or no internet. The i-site lady was very surprised that we felt that internet access was important to us. After all it was free to use at the library. Oh well we are different after all. After a bit of determination we did foudna B&B that was just outside our price range, but for 5 night she was willing to drop the price to the top of our range. Without a look we said yes.
And it was bullseye!. Our idea is to stay a few says and really relax before heading home. The last few weeks we saw did so much that we don’t want anything like a must-see-must-do list. After all the intent is not to arrive more stressed than we left. Also this allows us to visit some more of my Auckland friends in a peaceful manner.
Anyway we love our B&B. The room is separate form the main house in the well maintained garden, which we love. K&P are lovely and hospitable without being intrusive. Sometimes you have the feeling in a B&B that you are there for your hosts entertainlment but we don;t have that feeling at all. But K does love to spoil people, as an airhostess that I guess is within her genetic make up. The room is luxurious to say the least. The small bathroom is comfortable and the kitchenette is well laid out. Stanley Point is just out of the heart of Devonport and is peaceful near wonderful scenery and views of the CBD (see pic) Auckland’s CBD is not a good inner heart of the city but she does have a breathtakingly beautiful skyline when seen from Devonport when the sun is setting.