Author: mikeandbrynne

Travel School

Travel School

We were asked multiple times on our trip why the kids were out of school and what we were doing for their education. There were no formal …

 

A Sad Farewell

A Sad Farewell

Oh how we don’t want to leave!!! Darts on the patio- Airplane bag for Lily- We squeezed in one last kayak at the lake house. Then we fit in …

 

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

After a relaxed morning where we worked out, enjoyed our Kiwi granola and caught up on a little work (the reality that we are coming …

 

Hobbiton

Hobbiton

The boys woke up with the sun to get one last Raglan surf session in before we had to leave our beach house. I have …

 

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

Raglan is a surf town with a relaxed and friendly vibe.  Even though the surf conditions were sub par during our short stay we still …

 

Raglan

Raglan

Everyone is a little tired (we have been moving fast) and a little depressed that our trip is fading so quickly. 6 weeks sounded like …

 

Rainy Day Caving

Rainy Day Caving

One bummer about this trip is that continue to leave areas before we fully explore them!  We need to find a way to slow down our pace!  Today …

 

Ocean Front Golf

Ocean Front Golf

The consequence of our spending all morning enjoying our rural farmhouse was that we had to chose between taking the surf highway to New Plymouth …

 

Farewell to the South

Farewell to the South

Drive Day- What a bummer to leave Abel Tasman and the Golden Bay on a perfect sunshiney windless day!!  What a travesty!  Unfortunately we had a long drive …

 

Golden Bay Adventure

Golden Bay Adventure

Golden Bay Adventure- I think you could spend a month in Golden Bay. It is beautiful, mellow and full of hidden secrets. Today we attempted a …

 

Kayaking Golden Bay

Kayaking Golden Bay

Kayaking Golden Bay- Golden Bay and Abel Tasman are known worldwide for their amazing kayaking in the incredible green water. It’s beautiful. We were grateful that …

 

Though the Breadbasket

Though the Breadbasket

Monday morning was filled with playing at the park and doing laundry before our long drive to Abel Tasman. The drive took us through the …

 

Sabbath Dawn

Sabbath Dawn

Sabbath Morning- Since we had skipped the Franz Joseph Glacier the night before and the closest church was nearly 2.5 hours away we had a problem. …

 

BYU BOUND

BYU BOUND

BYU BOUND- We haven’t stayed in many hotels on our journey and the kids loved not cleaning up anything and indulging in the continental breakfast which …

 

BUNGY

BUNGY

This whole clean the house from top to bottom while you try to feed everyone breakfast, make lunch and pack up 8 people in the …

 

Fiordland

Fiordland

Fiordland is known for its luscious green vegetation, active waterfalls, jaw dropping fiords and rain. The stats are that it rains 70% of the time- …

 

The End of the World

The End of the World

The end of the world Our first destination of the morning was the beloved Curio Bay. The boys were excited to surf with the dolphins in …

 

Victory Beach

Victory Beach

Victory Beach- Mike had paddleboarded down to Victory Beach yesterday and he wanted to share the beautiful isolated beach with us. Sadly since we only had …

 

Secret Spot

Secret Spot

Trouble in Paradise We woke up to an absolute perfect day. (To give you an idea: tomorrow is the last day of New Zealand’s summer and …

 

A Little Slice of Heaven

A Little Slice of Heaven

When we first dreamed of coming to New Zealand, we envisioned ourselves in a camper van cruising the islands and stopping where we fancied.  After …