Our trip to New Zealand

Day 18 + 19 - Traveling Home

The start of a very sad day as we have to say our goodbyes to Chris, Manny and the gorgeous little Reilly. We start the day by all going out for breakfast then they drive us to the Airport where there is inevitably lots of tears. Its never easy…

Day 17 - Parkrun, Beach and a Special Meal

Last full day in New Zealand and its up bright and early again as me and Linda went and took on the Western Springs Parkrun again. Linda wasn’t up for pushing it and was quite happy to plod round again enjoying the beauty of the park. For…

Day 16 - Volcano walk and trip to the park

After yesterdays disappointment missing the ferry to Rangitoto we made sure we were up and at the ferry terminal in plenty of time today for the 10-30am crossing. The journey was only short but as soon as we got there it was clear this was a…

Day 15 - Back in Auckland & Trip to Waiheke

Day 15 starts with the lovely sound of Reilly laughing while eating his breakfast, something we've both missed while on the road. Out of all the amazing sights we have seen on this trip my favourite is Linda's face lighting up when she sets…

Day 14 - Penguins, Seals and Flying back North

Today was the last day of our road trip and we woke early for breakfast. The couple who owned the homestay we were in had asked us if we would like a tour of their house as it doubled up as an art gallery. We thought it would be best to be polite…

Day 13 - Weird & Wonderful South

The plan for the next 2 days was to go to Oamaru today then tomorrow spend the morning in Dunedin before getting our flight to Auckland. However Linda was reading some travel guides and it looked like Dunedin would be a better shout for today…

Day 12 - Milford Sound

Alarm goes off stupidly early this morning at 5-45am as we swapping the car for a coach and cruise trip to Milford Sound. The journey starts from the centre of Queenstown and heads off for 3 hours to Te Anau. Along the way the driver gives us…

Day 11 - Reflections Waves and Falls

Woke up this morning pulled back the curtains and there was welcomed by a blue sky, bright sun and a snow capped Mt Cook. Its like living a dream down here on this amazing holiday. The plan was to hit the road early but Linda thought it would…

Day 10 - Dolphins & Glaciers

Woke up this morning and went for the usual shower only when i came out Linda had gone. Was just wondering where when she came running back in shouting 'Dolphins'. I grabbed my camera and ran out the door with her to see several Dolphins jumping…

Day 9 - Swing Bridges & Pancake Rocks

The 9th day of our adventure and the half way point already. We are seeing so much but the time is just flying by. Today started with Bob at our accommodation cooking us bacon and eggs and us chatting for ages. A real interesting bloke who greeted…

Day 8 - Off down South

We woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise. Perfect blue skies and the sun was blazing as we looked out of our window and on to the stunning Lake Taupo with snow capped mountains in the distance. No riches on earth could have paid for this,…

Day 7 - Haka's & Geysers

Where to start today. This has been the best day so far (apart from time with little Reilly). Firstly we took a walk down the road to Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village built on the hot springs, lakes and geysers in Rotorua. Before the tour…

Day 6 - On the Road via Middle Earth

So today we hit the road and it was sad to say goodbye to Chris, Manni and the gorgeous little Reilly for 9 days but we will be back to see them again next week. Off we go into the city only things didnt quite go to plan with the car. Turns…

Day 5 - Lets go for a Swim

The days are flying by and we have already been here 4 days. Today was a really special moment for Linda as Manny had arranged for her to be in the pool for Reilly's swimming lesson. I dont think ive seen Linda look so happy and proud as they…

Day 4 - West Auckland day out

Day three on the other side of the world and we decided to head out on our own today. Little Reilly has had his routine turned upside down by us and it was starting to make him a bit grumpy so we thought it would be good to leave him and his…

Day 3 - Parkrun Tourism & Musuem

So what do you do at 8am in Auckland the day after travelling 25 hours on a plane? Thats right folks, run a Parkrun. We woke up to torrential rain but that didn't put us off and made our way down to Western Springs park in the centre of Auckland.…

Day 1 & 2 - Long Flight & Meeting Family

Finally its come around to our trip to New Zealand and for me its my first trip south of the equator. The journey begins at 8-30pm with a 7 hour flight from Manchester to Dubai which is a challenge for me as I'm not a very good flyer. But other…

New Zealand here we come

So thats work all done and now just 48 hours left until we start our journey to New Zealand on the trip of a lifetime. Our plans once we arrive in New Zealand on Friday morning (Thurs PM UK) are to spend 4 days with Linda's son Chris and his…