The day began with a great run around the hot springs.
Then more exciting yet - Caden lost his first tooth! It had been loose for some time and we were hoping he'd lose it abroad, and he made it! The very last morning. Now we were left wondering if the tooth fairy would find him on an international flight across the date line?!?
We drove to Auckland, and as we drove, I increasingly felt worse and worse. Our flight home was not until 8:30 PM, so we explored Auckland a bit and then looked up the closest beach (below). To our dismay that were signs warning of quicksand! So we hiked 'around' the beach, rather than on it, before heading to the airport for our 11 hour flight to LA.
Flight was flawless - despite my getting sick. Caden and I sat by a really nice young man who let Caden put his feet right on his lap! And the tooth fairy DID indeed find us in flight, although strangely, no one saw her! Not even the flight attendants! But Caden was thrilled to have chocolate gold coins in New Zealand currency in his air plane pillow :)