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I’ve been in New Zealand for two days now. The first two days in Auckland were pretty uneventful. I was just getting my bearings and planning the rest of the trip. Except for that one thing…

While in Auckland, I booked Jetstar flights from Auckland to Wellington and Wellington to Queenstown. Jetstar is a low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, a member of oneworld.

Jetstar flights that are also marketed by Qantas with a Qantas flight number can be purchased with American miles and Avios. But these flights were not such flights, so I booked them with cash.

I flew the one hour to Wellington today. Wellington has been a triumph for the Meet Up page. Reader Rachel told me she lived in Wellington and might have some fun ideas. After a tour of the beautiful harbor, she took me up Mount Victoria to a tree swing overlooking the city.

I highly recommend it to everyone.

New Zealand is not as warm as I was expecting. It hasn’t been much above 70 degrees, and it’s the heart of summer. But that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the trip with a sweatshirt on.

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