Category Archive: Travels

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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 …

 

Piha

Piha

Piha, known for its international surfing contest and its funky hippy-like atmosphere, is a small town filled with personality. Although the black sand beach and …

 

Sabbath Drive

Sabbath Drive

Sabbath Drive- Somehow Lily woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Occasionally she reminds us that she really is two. She wanted nothing but …

 

The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World

Day 7-The edge of the world – The Ninety Mile Beach is the longest stretch of beach in New Zealand and we loved staying right on …

 

90 Mile Beach

90 Mile Beach

It was easy to fall in love with Tapeka Point. Leaving on the other hand was painful. We couldn’t imagine a better location or better …

 

Vacation Day

Vacation Day

They have been praying for rain in the Bay of Islands as their water tanks are low and they haven’t received the rainfall they were …

 

Sailing

Sailing

Day 4- Sailing One of the pieces of advice we received before we left was the that the best way to see the Bay of Islands …

 

The “Lord of the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth

The “Lord of the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth

Day 3- The “Lord if the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth After our late night rendezvous with the kiwis it was hard to rouse the …

 

Secluded Beaches, Waterfalls & Kiwi Hunting

Secluded Beaches, Waterfalls & Kiwi Hunting

Day 2- Kiwi Hunting I woke up with a start early Monday morning. Had Lily really slept through the night??  I had been prepared to have her …