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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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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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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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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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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