Australia, Been There Done That, Mountains, Things To Do, Walks, Waterfalls, Winery

Tamborine Mountain – Australia

Tamborine Mountain is worth the drive from Gold Coast and would recommend an overnight stay.  Our 1st stop took us to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. Click to read about our leisurely walk up in the trees. Following the skywalk the search was on a winery serving lunch.  We settled on Heritage Wines mostly due to spotting it first. The venue has the perfect set-up to host weddings.  The views alone would make a great backdrop!   This was a…

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Australia, Places to Stay

Mantra Crown Towers

The Mantra Crown Towers was our home for the five nights we were in Gold Coast.  It was a fully furnished apartment with close access to Surfers Paradise beach and a short walk to lots of restaurants and shopping.  The facility had multiple restaurants, pools, and a fitness center.  With all the fun things we did in Gold Coast, I think the girls preferred playing on the beach and swimming in the pool best. The…

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Adrenaline Activities, Animal Parks, Australia, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Things To Do

Dream World

Our first full day in Australia was spent at Dreamworld. Gold Coast is known for its many theme parks so it only seemed fitting to explore the largest one.  Dreamworld has plenty of thrilling rides and combination animal park with koalas, kangaroos, and more.  This park reminded me of Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida where Andrew and I spent a day on our honeymoon (except with kangaroos and koalas). The girls wanted to hold a…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Rainbow Springs

Easter weekend granted the girls an additional day off school which we decided to spend in Rotorua.  Our morning stop was to Rainbow Springs Nature Park.  Aubrey had been for a school field trip but I could not attend due to the “siblings not allowed rule”. This was a great opportunity for my mom to see a live Kiwi Bird before her departure back to Arkansas. Rainbow Springs are known for having the largest Kiwi…

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Beaches, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Free, New Zealand

4 Must-See Raglan Beaches

Raglan is a small beach town located on the western coast of the New Zealand’s North Island. During our time in New Zealand, we lived in Hamilton City which was smack in the middle of the island.  Raglan’s beaches were only a short 45 minute drive from our house and the closest spot to see the ocean. Ngarunui Beach The Ngarunui Beach is known as the main beach and a popular swimming, boogie boarding and…

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Been There Done That, Museums, New Zealand

Classic Car Museum

The Classic Car Museum is found attached to a 1950’s themed American diner in Hamilton, New Zealand.  We decided to take mom while she was in town but to my surprise the girls loved it too! They enjoyed posing with all antique cars and motorcycles. Here you will find over 100 cars on display along with other memorabilia such as tin signs, antique toys and much more. We spent a couple hours browsing through all the…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Butterfly Creek Auckland

Butterfly Creek, located around Auckland Airport, is the perfect place to visit for a few hours when picking or dropping off relatives/friends to the airport or if you need to kill a few hours before your flight.  The park has a butterfly house, petting zoo, mechanical dinosaur section, salt water crocodiles and more. Tickets are sold separately for different attractions depending on how much time you want to spend at the park.  We had plenty…

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Mom Arrived

My mom made the long haul to New Zealand to stay with us for about a month. We had a jam packed schedule even before she arrived so we just threw her into the chaos! Mom arrived in the morning and luckily Andrew was already in Auckland to pick her up.  We went straight to surprise Ella on her field trip to Hamilton Gymnastics.  She was so excited to see mom and introduced her to…

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Adrenaline Activities, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Winery

Skyline Rotorua RotoVegas

Skyline Rotorua or ROTOVEGAS is an entertainment area located on top a mountain in Rotorua, New Zealand.  There is a sign and everything! The only way up is via the Skyline Gondola but plan for a full day once you arrive at the top.  The girls were entertained by watching the mountain bikers making jumps beneath us. The picturesque view of Rotorua Lake makes the ride up worth it. The Luge The Luge is a…

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Been There Done That, City Parks, Family Friendly, Free, New Zealand, Walks

Kuirau Park – Rotorua’s Free Geothermal Walkway

Rotorua, a popular tourist destination on New Zealand’s North Island, offers a diverse range of experiences from action-packed zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflated ball) to relaxing in the hot pools at the Polynesia Spa.  These are all worth doing but some come with a hefty price tag. If you need a break from the paid experiences, check out a few of the free activities available. Rotorua Lake walks and Whakarewarewa Forest are a couple….

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