We headed off to Auckland for a couple of days, hopeful that the weather forecast we saw a few days before was not entirely correct.
We had to get the company car serviced on our way up to Auckland, so we a bit later getting there, but headed straight to Butterfly Creek. I'd seen and heard lots about it, what a neat place. We didn't get many butterflies land on us, or the few that did had gone again by the time I got the camera on. We also enjoyed Buttermilk Farm, and the Red Admiral Express.
After that we headed to Manukau and had an early dinner, and then to the movies (Night at the Museum, which as I said, is a great movies for kids and adults)
We checked into our hotel, and then went on a late night trek to the supermarket to get supplies for the next day. This is Cameron, mucking around in the shower It was very, very late by the time the kids went to sleep, as we only had a 1 room unit, which I swear is the last time we do that.
Up nice and early, breakfast, and Rainbows End. Unfortunately Cameron was very reluctant to try many of the rides, although we managed to 'trick' him into getting on the log flume, and the gold rush, but he held that against us for the rest of the day.
While I watched Braden finish his turn on something, Jon and Cameron went and got us a seat to watch the magic show. This was amazing, a little loud, but I guess it got everyone in the mood. He did the usual come out in the crowd and pick someone, and stopped to ask me a question, and I freaked, but he was having me on, and chose a kid. Jon was laughing at me, only for the magician to come and pick him for an assistant. In the next trick he came back out to the audience, and yep, got me this time. Then for his last trick he chose Braden to go help him. The crowd was absolutely packed, so it wasn't like there was anyone else to choose, but I think he chose us because we were participating earlier.
We eventually got Cameron to try the kids rocket ride, and then we couldn't get him off it. I sent Jon off to have a turn on the roller coaster, while the kids had a few more turns, and before we knew it we were being shuffled out the door, it had been just after 10am, and it was now 5.50pm.