It was an early start for us in Christchurch, I set the alarm for 4am, but woke up at 3:30am. Pam was woken by my alarm of a blender at 4am.
We showered and were ready an hour early so we drove to the airport anyway – we had arranged to park the car at Air Park Canterbury for the week.
It was about the same as a shuttle (17 per night for the first 3 nights and then 7 per night after that) and at least we can stop on the way home if we need to.
So we got to the parking place and parked up – Went inside and paid and waited about 30 seconds for a van to take us to the airport which is about 5-10 minutes away.
We arrived in Auckland, and wondered across to the international terminal, about 10 minutes.
We went through immigration and had a gin at a duty free shop – I guess a gin at 9am is ok?
We looked around the duty free and bought a bottle of Vanilla Vodka and wondered towards the gate.
We were only at the gate about 5 minutes before boarding started.
A quick 3 hours and we were arriving in Port Vila. It was nice and warm when we departed the aircraft, but then there was some rain in the air and a few drops hits us as we walked to the terminal.
Immigration was like most – waiting in line, but we were though in about 20-30 minutes.
Next pickup and bag and declare the food we bought with us, nothing much, just some teas, salt + pepper, and some herbs.
The guy said no problem and he did not want to see what we had so we walked out of the customs area to the outside.
We found a guy with our name on a sheet for the transfer to Iririki resort. We had to wait for about 10 minutes so I bought a SIM card and got it connected to my phone – 1000 Vatu with 1000 Vatu credit.
The roads reminded me of Christchurch, pretty potholed.
We then got out at a small jetty in the centre of town to catch the ferry to the Iririki resort.
Not too bad – there by about 1pm