The first hint of autumn hit with the blast of a leaf-blower.
New Zealand is a country that lives on the edge of seismic disaster.
When it comes to continuity of selection of a successful team, there can be a fine line between cultivating confidence and creating an air of complacency.
Ashley Giles left for Australia and Lions duties a satisfied man on Sunday.
England's rocky relationship with Seddon Park was surely dealt a final blow when they squandered a winning position to lose the first of three ODIs to New Zealand by three wickets, undone in the end by the captain, Brendon McCullum, and Martin Guptill, an opening batsman returned to the crease, hobbling on one leg having previously retired hurt with a twanged hamstring.
When Graeme Smith won the toss and inserted Pakistan on the first day of the second Test, thoughts of bowling out the opposition for 49 in the previous Test would surely have lingered.
New Zealand were all over England like a rash in Tuesday's second T20.
When England bowlers are at practice they can be seen delivering to a lifesize wooden cut-out of what appears to be a baseball player in readiness to receive.
England's tour proper begins in Eden Park on Saturday evening, with the first of three Twenty20 games to be followed by those in Hamilton and Wellington's anonymous "Cake Tin".
Former England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg talks up Jos Buttler's credentials to HITC Sport as he endeavours to fill Matt Prior's boots.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker is up for the player of the year award.
Former England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg has been discussing Jos Buttler's development and Test breakthrough with HITC Sport.