Wairere Boulders

The Wairere Boulders can be found near Horeke in New Zealand’s far Northland.  Our family decided to take a detour on our way from Omepare to Paihia but this is not the easiest place to reach.  There is a curvy gravel road leading into the carpark. The Wairere Bounders were highlighted on my map as a top place to see so we went for it.  Plus it gave us an excuse to stretch our legs…

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Ascension Winery

The first stop on our trip North was Ascension Winery for lunch. This particular winery is located on the Matakana Wine Trail.  The gardens were beautiful and the Italian cuisine was perfect! Upon arriving at the Winery, we saw a helicopter landing. The staff informed us that one of their regulars had arrived.  What an entrance! Andrew joked about how much I thought a helicopter would cost so we could travel around the island when…

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Auckland Zoo

We ended up staying the night at the Surrey Hotel near the Auckland Zoo.  The weather looked a little more favorable on Sunday so we headed to the zoo. Our girls just cannot get enough of animals.  I think playing, feeding and watching animals is their favorite past time.  Aubrey is even convinced she wants to become a Zoo Keeper when she grows up. I am sure she will change her mind tomorrow though considering…

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FIFA U-20 Soccer World Cup

We bought tickets to see the finals of the 2015 FIFA U-20 Soccer World Cup in Auckland.  It was a dreadful day!  I saw on the forecast it was supposed to rain but we had no idea it would rain the entire time we were at the games.  I just recently bought the tickets so did not have many seat options.  The section our seats were located was uncovered and after 3 hours of nonstop rain…

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Paradise Valley Springs

After our Zorbing runs, we headed to Paradise Valley Springs wildlife park. The park has lots of farm animals and trout that you can feed as well as an impressive African lion pride..  When they have lion cubs you can even pet a cub.  Unfortunately they did not have any cubs on the day we went. The kids were able to feed several of the other animals and fish as we walked through the park….

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Cool New Vocabulary

I am sure this list will grow over time but I have already picked up some new vocabulary/sayings since we moved.  I had heard a few before we left but it’s funny how quickly you find yourself using their vocabulary when talking to locals. All these I have either heard or seen written somewhere since we arrived. Tramping Tracks – Walking/hiking Trails/path Good on ya – well done mate – buddy/friend Sweet as – good/awesome…

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Auckland Botanical Gardens

The Auckland Botanical Gardens are located off the main motorway between Hamilton and Auckland (approximately 25 km from the downtown Auckland). This was the last day of our week-long site visit and we were anxious to return home to our girls.  The flights out of Auckland are typically evening departures but thankfully New Zealand’s largest city offers plenty to do. The Botanical Gardens are free to enter and ideal for an afternoon picnic.  They have activities…

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Hamilton City, 7,453 Miles

The countdown started to wind down and suddenly the car was here to take me to the airport.  I kissed my girls and left them in the excellent care of my our families. It was finally time to visit our new country! I had looked forward to the official site visit for weeks but deep down hoping we made the right decision. Silly questions raced through my head… What if I hated it or what…

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The Beginning, 0 Miles

This is the story of how this Southern American family ended up on the other side of the World. I started this blog to share our experiences and pictures with all our family and friends back home. My name is Amber and I’m an ex small town Arkansan that met my wonderful husband Andrew in a college class at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After a couple years of marriage we moved to…

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