Category Archive: Travels

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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 …

 

Mountains to Farm to Ocean

Mountains to Farm to Ocean

Our home in Lake Ohau with its gorgeous views was a “BookaBach” which meant we had to wake up early to clean the house from …

 

Birthday Vacation

Birthday Vacation

For Mike’s Birthday he wanted a “Vacation Day” to just relax, rest, read, catch up on emails, and enjoy the views.  Until late afternoon we did …

 

Lochsloy Farm

Lochsloy Farm

Lochsloy Farm Lily was up early begging to go see the sheep. Lochsloy is a small 18 acre farm with a few dozen sheep and lambs. …

 

Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch  Sunshine and a perfect beach day greeted us when we awoke. Mike made us quiche, pineapple and hash browns which we enjoyed overlooking the ocean …

 

Mother Nature

Mother Nature

Mother Nature Instead of staying in Kaikoura, we decided to stay in a little beach bungalow in Claverly. Claverly, devoid of any shops or stores, is …

 

Boats and Birthdays

Boats and Birthdays

Boats and Birthdays For Luke’s 7th birthday we took the Bluebridge Ferry from Wellington to Picton–from the North Island to the South Island. The crossing of …

 

Sabbath Drive

Sabbath Drive

Sunday Drive What a lovely branch we attended in Waioru!  The spirit was powerful and the members were wonderful. I loved having Taylor play the piano again  and …

 

Epic Day

Epic Day

Epic Day- Perhaps our little log cabin had cast a spell on us for everyone slept late and Mike spoiled us all with blueberry pancakes and …

 

Geothermal Fun

Geothermal Fun

Geothermal Fun- Mother Nature has certainly had fun in the area between Mt Maunganui and Lake Taupo!  Our first adventure found us at Okere Falls- a stretch …

 

Mt Maungaunai

Mt Maungaunai

Mt Maungaunai- The kids favorite part of the holiday home in Hahei were the bookshelves overflowing with children and young adult literature. Late at night 1000s …

 

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge- Promising Lily another visit to Hot Water Beach visit at the end of the day, we drove through the Coromandel Pennisula to the beautifully …

 

Farewell to Waiheke

Farewell to Waiheke

There was a misty rain in the air as we boarded the ferry back to the North Island.  In Auckland we stopped to run a few …