Karioi Summit – Wairake Track

Only a few short weeks after attempting the Karioi Summit (only to make it to lookout), we made it to the top.  As previously discussed on another post, there are two tracks leading to the summit:  Karioi Track and Wairake Track. The shortest and easier of the two is the Wairake track but does not have the same ocean views you can enjoy on the Karioi track.  Aubrey came with me on this trip during…

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Huka Falls Jet

My first visit to Taupo, New Zealand came over Labour Day weekend in October 2015.  During this trip we visited Huka Prawn Park which shares a parking lot with the Huka Falls Jet. Instantly I added the Huka Falls Jet to my bucket list!  Due to age restrictions on kids and weather cancellations, it took almost two years to finally check off this item. The trip to the Huka Falls Jet happened shortly before our Sydney move and…

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World’s Best Airport

Our family has spent a considerable amount of time in airports. In fact my youngest has more stamps on her passport at 4 years old than I did at 25.  Normally I would not get excited about a five-hour airport layover; however, our 1st trip through the Singapore Changi Airport was something worth writing about. There is a reason they earn the title World’s Best Airport.  Where do you begin with all the activities? Let…

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Ba Na HIlls

Our family took the World’s longest cable car ride to Ba Na Hills resort.  This was our last full day in Vietnam and we wanted to do something a little different. The tickets to Ba Na Hills are not cheap but we saved money by taking a cab instead booking a resort excursion.  Once we exited the 1st cable car, we took advantage of the stunning views and captured a few photos before boarding a…

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Sombreros Mexican Restaurant 

My birthday fell on the same day that our container arrived from New Zealand. Due to all the chaos in our house with unopened boxes and furniture not put together, we went out for a quick dinner.   Anytime I find a new Mexican restaurant I must give it a go!  Located only 5 minutes from our new house is Sombreros Mexican Restaurant. (Though a note on the door said they were closing their restaurant…

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Ocean Water Ski

I was around 9 years old the 1st time I put on a pair of water skis.  The two skis were attached together not to separate when they pulled me up.  I continued to water ski on and off through my teens and early twenties on fresh water lakes. The opportunity presented itself to water ski on the ocean and I had to give it a go.  It has been at least fifteen years since…

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Mt Karioi Track

The Mt. Karioi track in Raglan, New Zealand is the most challenging track I have done to date.  I have walked longer but this one physically took a toll on my body. A couple months before our move to Australia I set an ambitious goal to complete a new walking trail each week and my friend agreed to help me reach my goal. To arrive at the track, you pass Raglan and continue along the…

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McLaren Falls

McLaren Falls is located in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region and only a short drive from one of the most popular tourist beaches.  Our 1st visit to the falls came over the summer months on our way back from climbing Mount Maunganui.  The water flow was almost non-existent which left plenty of visitors swimming and climbing around on the rocks.  I am told this is typical due to the power generation station located upstream. The…

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Rotorua Canopy Tour

Aubrey was my motivation for doing the Rotorua Canopy tour before our move to Sydney.  I rarely turn down an adventure so it did not take much to convince me. Now I have to share my sad news.  The entire experience was captured on video by my GoPro but somehow I managed to destroy the memory card. Only I would get up in the middle of the night, trip over my computer cord, knock it to the…

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Lady Buddha Da Nang

My first glance at Lady Buddha, also known as Statue of Bodhisattva of Mercy, came from the Furama Resort Beach as I gazed across the sea. Lady Buddha sits high on the Son Tra peninsula located 14 km from Da Nang City. Her presence provides strength and protection to the fisherman below during storms. As you can see from the photo, the eyes appear to gaze down while her left hand holds a bottle of holy…

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