Dubai has less than six days of fog each year. After our nineteen hour journey from Auckland we were diverted fifty miles north of Dubai due to fog.
As we sat on the runway for six and half hours the plane ran out of food. Having refuelled for a ten-minute flight back to Dubai we landed and waited for another hour and half before the plane could find a gate for passengers to disembark. By the time we went to bed that night we had been up for forty eight hours but we slept like babies and avoided any jetlag!
Dubai was as glitzy as ever and our son Philip and his partner Georgina took us to Zuma for my birthday. Delicious!
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Fortunately, we switched hotels a few days before we arrived in Rotorua and were rewarded with a great view of the lake. Rotorua is overtly a tourist destination catering for backpackers and coach parties. This was reflected in Eat Street where the bars outweighed the dining options and sparrows flew around restaurants terrorising the diners.
Rotorua Museum is well worth a visit, the Buried Village of Te Wairoa has a link below. Wairere waterfall required a long decent and a strenuous climb back to the village.