Saturday, 16 May 2009

Highlights of New Zealand

New Zealand was again wonderful.
In September last year, we travelled by campervan from Christchurch to Auckland, this time we stayed in Auckland due to Brandt's filming commitments for Stars in their eyes.
I took the kids of short day trips and we found some new sites and re visited some favourites from 7 months ago.

As it was the week before Easter, we were lucky to be able to go to the Royal Easter show, it was completely different from the one I am used to in Sydney, but a much better smaller scale for 2 little children.
Brandt took the kids on the worlds shortest ghost train and Ted on the bumper cars in sideshow alley and I took Ted into a very narrow and dark haunted house.

We loved the wild west show and Sienna was on the search all day for the Easter Bunny and was very pleased to have found him, finally.

We met up with Charles, Kim and Liam and Kim's family there also which was fun.

Our big highlight apart from watching Daddy perform in a TV studio was for our budding volcanologist to discover a HUGE volcano display at the Auckland Museum.


We also loved our bus trips to Mission bay and St.Heliers bay to play on the beach, ferry trip to Devonport, Kelly Tarlton's underwater world and a day at the Auckland zoo was definitely a highlight.

We felt like we were the only people there wandering through amazing natural animal habitats.
Liam didn't like the Hippopotamus's, they scared him, we all loved the monkeys, playgrounds, flamingoes and Lions. I loved the cheeky meerkats.


We stayed at the Chifley apartments and although a big noisy for us country folk, the kids loved the city coming to life each day.

We often visited the Sky city breakfast buffet and definitely got our money's worth just for Teddy's fruit fix alone, he would often raise eyebrows from other diners with the amount of oranges a small boy can eat.

I think that we have had our city fix for a while now and are looking forward to returning 'home' to our quiet and peaceful little Norfolk Island.

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