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

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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Auckland Sky Tower

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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Hoi An Ancient Town

The weather did not cooperate with us during the first few days of our Vietnam trip. Hoi An located about 30 minutes from our Furama Resort was the perfect rainy day excursion.  This unique Ancient Town has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and continues to preserve the resemblance of a southeast Asian trading port from the 15th-19th centuries. The shuttle dropped us outside Yali Couture where they custom make clothing.  This purple coat caught…

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Buried Village of Te Wairoa

The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is a historical site located near Lake Tarawera and a short drive from Rotorua, New Zealand.  The settlement built-in 1848 was later destroyed by the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera killing 120 people.  Multiple generations of the Smith Family have owned the land and conducted the excavating and artifact preservation.  The experience includes: an enclosed museum located off the front entrance, a walk through the 12 acre archaeological site, optional…

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Tour Sydney Opera House

Our trip to Sydney, exactly one year ago, was a dream come true.  We stayed with Four Seasons near the Sydney Opera House and I desperately wanted to go inside. Little did I know that we would not only be back to visit Sydney but relocating there one year later. It is funny looking back now knowing how much we packed into this two week trip thinking it might be our only visit to Australia. The Sydney Opera…

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Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge

Who doesn’t have a fire-breathing Dragon Bridge on their bucket list? Well you should! This one was accidental to be honest.  My family and I were vacationing at the Furama Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam when a staff member informed us about an evening fire show featuring the city’s Dragon Bridge. The show only happens at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday nights. It rained on Saturday night and the girls’ jet lag kept them from…

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Completing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was considered a top bucket list item for me. Many consider this to be New Zealand’s best day hike! The 19.4 kilometer walk took us roughly 6 1/2 hours to complete with lots of photography stops and a brief lunch break. My original plans were cancelled when New Zealand weather went nuts and decided to dump ridiculous amounts of rain on the entire North Island.   The back-up plan included Andrew and our…

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