Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Walks

Wairere Boulders Nature Park

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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Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Good Eats, New Zealand, Things To Do, Winery

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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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Things To Do

Auckland Zoo – New Zealand’s Largest Zoo

New Zealand’s largest collection of animals, both native and exotic, can be found at the Auckland Zoo. Home to over 800 animals of 135 different species creates a memorable experience for locals and tourist alike. There were plenty of animals I had never seen before having only recently moved to the Southern Hemisphere at the time of our visit. The zoo offered a few different behind the scenes options; however, the entrance fee was a…

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Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Sporting Events, Things To Do

FIFA Under-20 Soccer World Cup

Only a few short weeks following our New Zealand move, Auckland hosted the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Soccer World Cup finals.  It was a dreadful day! The weather forecast stated it would rain but there was no way to predict it would not let up for the duration of the games. The tickets were purchased last-minute so the seat options were limited.  The only available area had uncovered seating and the rain ponchos were not enough…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Things To Do

Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

Paradise Valley Springs is a privately owned and operated wildlife park in Rotorua, New Zealand.  We had heard great things about their African Lion pride and an opportunity to pet a baby cub. Upon arrival we realized there is a lot more to this park than we expected! African Lion Pride The main exhibit features the African Lions which roam around a large fenced area.  The spectators can walk all around the enclosure and the…

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Been There Done That, New Zealand, Random, Things To Do

Fieldays Agriculture Show

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agriculture event is properly named Fieldays and located near the Hamilton Airport.  We attended the event on Saturday courtesy of our neighbors providing complimentary tickets to the sold out event. The girls enjoyed running from booth to booth looking at all the equipment and searching for goodies to fill their bags.  This experience reminded me of growing up and attending farm shows with my father.  We went every year to large convention…

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Excuse My Ramblings Or Not

Kiwi Vocabulary – Helpful List for New Zealand

There have been a flood of new words that I have learned since our move to New Zealand. I am sure this list will grow over time but here are a few vocabulary words/sayings that I have picked up so far.  I had heard a few before we left but it’s funny how quickly you find yourself adapting to new vocabulary when talking to locals. All these I have either heard or seen written somewhere…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Things To Do

National Aquarium of New Zealand

The Queen’s Birthday holiday fell shortly after our relocation to New Zealand and we jumped at the opportunity to begin exploring.  The Hawke’s Bay region known for its wineries and beaches seemed to be a perfect place for a long weekend getaway.  This was a family trip so we wanted to mix in some fun activities for the girls which brought us to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The aquarium has a prime beachfront…

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

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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Excuse My Ramblings Or Not

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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