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 – Raglan, New Zealand

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 – New Zealand

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 – New Zealand’s Native Forest Zipline Adventure

Aubrey was my motivation for doing the Rotorua Canopy Tour,New Zealand’s native forest zipline adventure, 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…

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Lady Buddha Da Nang

My first glance at Lady Buddha came from gazing across the sea while sitting on the Furama Resort beach. 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 gripping a bottle of holy water and right hand exorcizes. Lady Buddha, the largest Buddha…

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World’s Longest Cable Car Ride

I love a good marketing gimmick! See examples: highest commercially rafter waterfall, largest glow worm caves, highest bungy water touch and tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.  Now I can add world’s longest cable car ride to this growing list. Toc Tien Waterfall – L’Indochine cable car line is located at Ba Na Hill Resort 25 km from Da Nang, Vietnam. This experience is unique by holding a record for the longest single rope cable car…

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Vietnamese Massage – Furama Spa

When in Vietnam… right?  We stayed at the Furama Villas  during our Da Nang trip and the weather was rainy on our 1st couple days. With our girls booked in the free kids’ club and a gloomy day, the spa seemed like the most logical choice.  They were running a daily special of a couples’ massage and scalp shampoo. The Vietnamese massage is more of a deep tissue massage which was exactly what my back needed….

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Furama Resort & Villas – Da Nang, Vietnam

Furama Resort was our home away from home during our stay in Da Nang, Vietnam.  The staff was most helpful on arrival allowing for early check-in after our long flight from New Zealand.  We were greeted at the entrance with a dragonfruit drink while they coördinated our check-in. The drinks even have their own lounge chairs! The Villas The resort has multiple accommodation options based on requirements and budget. We selected to stay in one…

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Sky Tower – Auckland City, New Zealand

Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the southern hemisphere at 320 meters. Andrew and I went up to the observation deck on our week-long site visit before moving. Then we took both sets of parents for a viewing during their stays. This is a must do for anyone traveling to Auckland, New Zealand. Tickets can be purchased underneath the lobby area in the gift shop. There you ride an elevator up 51 floors (186 meters above…

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Marlborough Wine Region

My desire to travel to the famous wine making region of Marlborough sparked after my 1st glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I had to go and taste for myself! We strategically picked our location based on walking distance to wineries and entertainment for our girls.  We have visited some excellent family friendly wineries during our time in New Zealand with playgrounds, games and even archery.  Of course all wineries have one thing our girls…

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