We enjoyed our evening with Tom and his daughters (Sarah is in the UK right now), and yesterday we had a visit from Drew and Katrina, who made a nice dinner for us. We missed most of the heavy storm, but the South Island was badly hit. The Tasman district where we stayed a week ago is cut off due to flooding and land slides.
We drove north to the Bay of Islands today and are staying in a little cottage on a hill in vineyards. Our view includes the ocean, and the weather here is great.