Our Big OE 1981/82

Peter & Debra’s Big OE to Europe – Oct 1st to Oct 7th

Our Big OE starts with the flight from New Zealand to the UK. We have a one week stopover enroute in Los Angeles enjoying the magical world of Disneyland and some fun (and scary) rides at Knotts Berry Farm theme park ….


Diary Entry – Oct 1st
Christchurch to Auckland to Los Angeles. Left Christchurch at 5.45pm. Arrived in Auckland at 6.55pm after a worry over some mail on the plane for us. Turned out to be a card from Trevor and Rana. Left Auckland Airport at 8.45pm, ½ an hour later than schedule. We arrived at 5.00pm at Honolulu, went through customs, then boarded the plane again and took off for Los Angeles at 7.00am. Arrived in Los Angeles at 12.00 midday (5.00pm 1st Oct LA time). Arrived 7.00pm LA time at the hotel. It is a nice hotel room.

Air New Zealand DC-10.

Diary Entry – Oct 2nd
Spent the day at Disneyland.

Disneyland in Anaheim, California.


Fantasyland – Disneyland.


Paddle steamer – Disneyland.


Peter having a sit down – Disneyland.


Debra and Donald Duck – Disneyland.


Peter outside the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride – Disneyland.


Sailing ship Columbia – Disneyland.


Debra enjoying herself on one of the rides – Disneyland.


Debra having a quiet moment – Disneyland.


Diary Entry – Oct 3rd
Went to Knotts Berry Farm. Bought an ornamental cup and a candle in a glass.

Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, California.


The Corkscrew,  the world’s first upside-down roller coaster NEVER AGAIN! – Knott’s Berry Farm.


Calico Log Ride – Knott’s Berry Farm.


Flamingos – Knott’s Berry Farm.


Diary Entry – Oct 4th
Went to Buena Park Mall and bought a necklace, two packs of eye shadow and a bottle of vitamins. Went to Albertsons 7 day 24 hour Drug store and bought milk, chocolate and a brush.

Diary Entry – Oct 5th
Went to universal studios and Stars homes tour. 7.00am start, back at hotel at 6.30pm. A long day.

The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. We came across a squirrel playing in the trees here. The first time we had ever seen a squirrel.


Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Blvd. All the famous stars signatures, foot hand prints.


Diary Entry – Oct 6th & 7th
A couple of days by the pool in 30C temperatures.

Debra enjoying the Buena Park Hotel pool.


Buena Park Hotel pool.


Peter with a touch of sunburn.

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