Merry Christmas to all my friends

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To all our friends out there we hope you have a great Christmas and happy and safe New Year.

If driving take care on those roads.

I say if even not religious Christmas is still a good excuse to enjoy some family time.

Being in tourism Xiaoli and I are full on. Christmas Day poor Xiaoli has 14 beds to make and 3 units plus a stand alone house to clean ready for the next people checking in later in the afternoon. Fortunately she does have some staff to help.

For me its continue the 23 day tour I am on. Our group of 5 grows to 11 in the morning with more arrivals from the UK and USA. They join my existing guests from UK, Germany and Switzerland.

Breakfast at the Grand Mercure centre Auckland 8am Christmas Day. Then I give them a short waterfront tour before we head for the Karanghake Gorge just prior Waihi. There we will all enjoy one of the walks before we partake in a picnic lunch. The lunch pre supplied also by the Grand Mercure. A few bottles of wine are buried away in the bus which I must ensure I put on ice for them to enjoy. For me, the orange juice.

Rotorua in the evening. On arrival a stop at Rainbow Springs so they can visit the nocturnal house amongst other things, to view our famous kiwi bird.

Dinner at Te Puia. A delicious Maori Hangi, and Te Puia do do it well.

So a bit of driving for me but I think I got the better deal than poor Xiaoli cleaning and making beds.

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