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  • Tramping at Hooker Valley

    Tramping ... Hooker Valley. It’s not what you think. New Zealand has some fabulously unique words. Flip-flops are jandals. Speedbumps are judder bars. And there’s tramping, know to the rest of the English-speaking world as hiking. On our way home from Tek...
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  • Sunny winter days in New Zealand

    I still have more adventures in Thailand to write about but in the meantime we've been in New Zealand for almost three months. Maybe it's time the blog catches up! In early June Colin and the kids flew to New Zealand. Fate or pure luck saw the sa...
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  • Book Review: Playground Earth

    I recently had the opportunity to review an e-book, Playground Earth and I can say without reservation that it was fantastic. The book is filled with so many great ideas that ten pages into it I almost contacted the authors, Adam and Joshua, to ask them t...
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  • The forest temple of Chiang Mai

    Thailand has it's share of ornate and magnificent temples. The gold guilded ones like Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep where you walk around alternating between picking your jaw up off the ground and contemplating what you could do if you could only somehow acqu...
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  • Red Mud Quarry

    Chiang Mai is one of my favourite places in Asia so I was very excited to go back there in June. Apart from tropical beaches, you can have an entire Asian holiday experience in and around Chiang Mai. It's the kind of place where one day you can be...
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  • Wat Pho and Wat Arun, Bangkok

    The chance to travelling around Asia without your family - a dream come true or something you would never consider doing? To me it had always been both. But that was the opportunity that we'd been presented with and suddenly here I was in Bangkok expe...
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  • The not-so-12-hr-bus from Phnom Penh to Koh Chang

    When we travel around South East Asia we've come to expect a few transportation hiccups. At some point during the trip it's a safe bet that one of the bus or minivan trips will involve: a scam, or three; a breakdown, or three multiple delays, usually r...
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  • Summer is here

    Our first summer in three years. The skis are packed away in favour of hiking and swimming. I just dropped the children off at the small summer camp held here over the school holidays and left them running around in a sprinkler enjoying the sunshine.  It'...
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  • Walter Peak Station trip

    A few weeks ago we went on an absolutely brilliant trip to Walter Peak Station. Walter Peak Station is a high country farm on the other side of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. A section of the farm has been turned into a tourist attraction, offering the...
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  • Hello from ... Canada

    Yes, you read that right. Since our last blog update (a slack month ago) we've flown to Australia to spend three weeks with family and then jumped on a plane to Canada. What happened to "we're stopping for 12-18 months in New Zealand, maybe more"?...
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  • Family fun in a glow worm cave

    We've had some fun outings over the past few years. Visiting the glow worm caves in Te Anau counts as one of the best! As much as I enjoyed Milford Sound, as a family we enjoyed the glow worm trip more. Te Anau's glow-worm caves are hidden in the forest ...
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  • Cruising Milford Sound

    Milford Sound is a fiord in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. It's probably New Zealand's most famous destination, regularly being rated as one of the top "Places you have to see before you die". It's part of a World Heritage area and Rudyard Kipl...
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  • Driving to Milford Sound

    We're just back from a four-day trip to Milford Sound and Te Anau. Milford Sound is part of Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand and a world heritage site. Milford Sound is the most famous of the many fiords in this region. It...
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  • Photos from a road trip to Banff

    A few weeks ago we had exciting visitors from Australia - my mum and her partner. The kids were very excited to have Nanna visit. We took them snowshoeing and on gondola rides. We explored the mountain, went on a sleigh ride and took Nanna to school. Hayl...
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  • Adventures in snowsnoeing

    Spring is here and the ski season is wrapping up. NOOOO!!!! It seems quite surreal that the mountain is about to shut when there is still 2.5m of snow on the ground. But the temperatures are getting warmer and the mountain is almost empty. We've been joki...
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  • Christina Lake and Cascade Falls

    Two nights on a quiet lake just over the Canadian side of the US-Canada border two weeks before the summer holiday hordes arrive. That was one of the highlights of our short road trip in June.  Christina Lake is a small lake and community near Grand Forks...
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  • Fun in Te Anau

    On our recent trip to Milford Sound we stayed in Te Anau, a small town halfway between Milford Sound and Queenstown. Sitting on the shores of New Zealand's second largest lake, Te Anau has almost 2000 residents and twice that number of beds for tourist...
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  • Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park

    Last month we spent a week in Cambodia visiting Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. As sometimes happens when you are travelling with kids, our preconceived sightseeing list was quickly thrown out. After all the packing and planning that it took to get out of...
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  • Hot Springs, lakes and picnic lunches … driving through the Slocan Valley

    Our June BC road trip took us to Christina Lake and then north to Revelstoke through the Slocan Valley. We hadn’t planned to drive that route but every single person that we told about our road trip plans suggested driving through the Slocan Valley. We th...
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  • Mount John Walk, Lake Tekapo

    Amazing scenery, great weather and fantastic friends. That sums up our weekend in Lake Tekapo on New Zealand's south island where we spent two days catching up with close friends who now live in Christchurch. We rented a bach (a holiday house) close to th...
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  • Just one nice photo ... please

    A nice photo of Colin and the kids, that's what I decided needed for my two weeks in Thailand with a friend while Colin and the kids were settling into life in New Zealand. Looking at friend's blogs and Facebook feeds I see so many cute family photo...
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  • Above the clouds

    There's something wonderful about waking on a winters morning to clear skies and the sun peeking over the mountains. At 1600m above sea level, a sunny morning usually means we're above the sea of clouds that seem to perpetually blanket t...
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  • The one time you SHOULD pay $5 for an ice cream in Asia

    So after my last post, I thought I should follow up with something that is a little more fun! Ice cream!!! I've never grown out of my childhood love of ice cream. Having kids is a great excuse to have ice cream regularly. And one of the things I love abou...
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