Three Sisters and Elephant Rock

The Three Sisters and Elephant Rock visit happened as an unplanned detour following our long weekend in New Plymouth. We learned early on that you should always stop for green Department of Conservation signs or brown arrow signs while driving around New Zealand. These signs never disappoint! The Three Sisters (though only two originals left) are rock formations standing 25 meters tall along the North Taranaki coast. Their third sister was swept away to sea…

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Whale Watching Sydney Cruise

Previous whale watching excursions I had seen in New Zealand ranged from around $200 – $250 per person for a 3-4 hour tour.  The 3 hour Whale Watching Sydney Cruise out of Darling Harbor would be available for $99 for 1 adult and 2 kids (Ella was free).  I could not turn down this chance to see whales up close. We arrived at Darling Harbour 15 minutes prior to our 12:45 boarding time.  Here we selected…

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Karangahake Gorge – Windows Walk

The Karangahake Gorge can be found on the southern section of New Zealand’s Coromandel region between Paeroa and Waihi. The drive alone presents breathtaking views but I highly recommend doing one (or all) of the trails. The Karangahake Reserve car park is situated directly off State Highway 2 for added convenience. The Windows Walks is a 2.5 km loop along the Karangahake Gorge where the path leads directly through a historic gold mine tunnel. All along…

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Owharoa Falls

The Owharoa Falls is an easy detour and only a couple of kilometers away from the scenic Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi – New Zealand. My suggestion would be to travel to the Karanghake Gorge 1st for an afternoon walk through the old gold mines.  Then after working up an appetite, I would recommend The Bistro Falls Retreat for lunch, located across the street from the Owharoa Falls. Here you can sit outside and…

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Da Nang – Vietnam

Other than the shuttle ride from the airport, my 1st experience in Da Nang City happened during the Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge show.  The girls were still too jet lagged to come with me so Andrew kindly volunteered to stay behind with them.  The bustling city comes alive at night with all the lights especially along the River.  I wanted to see what it was like during the daytime. Following our trip to visit Lady Buddha,…

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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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Hukafalls Jet – Taupo New Zealand

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 Hukafalls Jet. Instantly I added the Hukafalls 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 Hukafalls Jet happened shortly before our Sydney move and thanks to a…

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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 Resort – Da Nang, Vietnam

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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