4th (and final) week in New Zealand

Amazingly the weather continued to be, well, amazing! Bright blue skies and sunny days with temperatures between 20 and 25, perfect in my book!

With such great days our holiday continued along in a similar trend to the previous weeks with a lot of time spent outside, running, visiting parks and generally just hanging out.

We visited McLaren Falls Park twice in a week. Being only a few kms down the road it is a favourite spot. Lots of picnic areas and trails as well as a dam and river.

We visited McLaren Falls Park twice in a week. Being only a few kms down the road it is a favourite spot. Lots of picnic areas and trails as well as a dam and river.

Heaps of wildlife as well.

Heaps of wildlife as well.

Jacob loved the place and enjoyed trying to help Grumpy catch some of that local wildlife I just mentioned.

Jacob loved the place and enjoyed trying to help Grumpy catch some of that local wildlife I just mentioned.

That's it….. just a little closer…..

That’s it….. just a little closer…..

Gotcha!

Gotcha!


Jacob then got braver and decided it was time to get up close and a little personal.

Jacob then got braver and decided it was time to get up close and a little personal.

As you can see, Jacob was somewhat outsized by his new friend.

As you can see, Jacob was somewhat outsized by his new friend.

Friend? Mmmm perhaps not! At this staged I switched to video mode so that I could capture the Australia's funniest Home video winning entry but alas his mother called him away. She is no fun sometimes.

Friend? Mmmm perhaps not! At this staged I switched to video mode so that I could capture the Australia’s funniest Home video winning entry but alas his mother called him away. She is no fun sometimes!

There were a few little patches of sand that the kids enjoyed.

There were a few little patches of sand that the kids enjoyed.

You could even walk across the shallow water to a small island.

You could even walk across the shallow water to a small island.

My girls are into climbing trees at the moment so therefore Jacob has to join in as well. Of course he cannot actually climb then, he just gets lifted up to a branch where he sits for a few moments before wanting to get down.

My girls are into climbing trees at the moment so therefore Jacob has to join in as well. Of course he cannot actually climb then, he just gets lifted up to a branch where he sits for a few moments before wanting to get down.

One of the highlights for Ariya was finding an English  Hedgehog in the garden.

One of the highlights for Ariya was finding an English Hedgehog in the garden.

'Hedgy' was very cute and prickly.

‘Hedgy’ was very cute and prickly.

We had to try and keep 'Boots' and 'Hedgy' separated.

We had to try and keep ‘Boots’ and ‘Hedgy’ separated.

Dog playing with a English Hedgehog in New Zealand


One of the highlights for me was doing an afternoon run through the town of Mount Maunganui as well as running around the actual Mount. I then met up with my Mum and we climbed to the top. The views from every single angle are breath taking. I had also done an 8km run that morning so by the evening I was pretty stuffed!

One of the highlights for me was doing an afternoon run through the town Mount Maunganui as well as running around the Mount. I then met up with my Mum and we climbed to the top. The views from every single angle are breath taking. I had also done an 8km run that morning so by the evening I was pretty stuffed!

No trip to Grumpy's house is complete without a few runs down the driveway  on the go cart.

No trip to Grumpy’s house is complete without a few runs down the driveway on the go cart.

Ariya had crashed just previously and did not want to go again so I don't have a photo of her. Here is Marisah at the controls.

Ariya had crashed just previously and did not want to go again so I don’t have a photo of her. Here is Marisah at the controls.

Jacob was only six months old on his previous kiwi trip so this time was his very first go. He loved it!

Jacob was only six months old on his previous kiwi trip so this time was his very first go. He loved it!

As we were flying out to Thailand on the morning of New Years Day, New Years Eve was a complete non event although the following morning was a bit of a debacle! We were all packed up and ready for the two hour drive to Auckland Airport, said goodbye to Grandma and then discovered we couldn’t start the van as it had a flat battery. Jumper leads and another car were found and fairly quickly we had the van engine running. Said goodbye to Grandma again and off we went. For the next half an hour I noticed that the electrics were playing up as the speedometer and other dials were jumping all over the place. Then I started to lose power. The final straw was when we arrived in Matamata and I went to use the indicators and discovered that I had none. We pulled into a petrol station and called for back up.

Luckily we caught my Mum just as she was heading out the door to go visit the neighbour and she jumped in her car and came to rescue us. When she arrived we moved all the bags from the van to the car plus car seats etc and this time said goodbye to Mum (again) and this time Dad as there was no room for him in the car. Thank fully we had a bit of time up our sleeve and so managed to make it to the airport in time. In the mean time the neighbour came over and towed the car to a local mechanic and took Mum and Dad home. They then jumped in another car to drive to the airport to pick up the car we had left in the car park. They made such good time that we were able to wait for them to give them the keys before clearing immigration. Dad dropped Mum off outside and drove home and Mum came to find us. We gave her the keys and once again said good bye with more hugs and kisses. 10 minutes later she was back as she couldn’t find the car in the car park! More directions and then yes you guessed it – more good byes!

Finally it was time to say goodbye to New Zealand and settle in for the 12 hour direct flight to Bangkok.


My three previous entries of our holiday in New Zealand can be found here. Week 1, week 2 and week 3.

5 responses to “4th (and final) week in New Zealand

  1. How long are you in Thailand this time?

  2. Hi Linda, we were in Thailand for six weeks and just arrived back in Australia yesterday. I am way behind on my diary! Did you get my email that I replied to you about your friends visiting?

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  4. I yi yi!! So many goodbyes! that is hilarious!

    • It was at the end when Mum cam back for more directions for the car and I jumped and up said ‘come on kids – another cuddle for Grandma to say goodbye’ they all thought I was bonkers.

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