And we're safe and sound in New Zealand!
We landed around 7 a.m. and were greeted on the tarmac by a glorious rainbow. No kidding.
We were also greeted (after a painfully long wait at customs) by Will's dad, Bill, who snapped the above picture as we came through the gate.
From what I've seen so far of New Zealand, it's clearly a place that is hard to put into words. Equally difficult is trying to explain what we've seen today through my jet-lagged haze.
To put it briefly:
1) We had a very, very long journey to Auckland. We arrived at 7 a.m. on what I thought was Friday but in New Zealand is actually Saturday, so we lost a day in transit.
2) New Zealand's trees, flowers and general vegetation are unlike anything I've seen in Europe or North America.
3) Kiwi accents are adorable, charming and very difficult to understand when you're exhausted.
4) The landscapes are surreal.
5) Did I mention how long we were traveling for?
I'll update tomorrow with photos of this beautiful place and (hopefully) a more coherent, thoughtful post.
Cheers to all!