We are incredibly passionate about travel and exploring new places, although our style of travel has evolved over the years from our carefree twenties travelling as a couple around Europe and South Africa. Instead these days we find ourselves on family-friendly adventures exploring both hidden gems and popular destinations around our beautiful country, New Zealand and further afield.
We are determined that our boys will grow up with broad horizons and that their lives will be enriched for all the experiences they have, whether that's soaking up the incredible sights and sounds of a great city like London or getting lost in nature five minutes from home.
We hope that after reading this we might inspire you to visit some of these amazing locations too:
Queenstown and GlenorchyThere are roads here that will take you close to Paradise. Where mountains rise up on either side, and the scenery is not only breath-taking but is likely to bring you to tears. Our 3-day mini-break through the central South Island took us on all kinds of adventures from the long drive down through one of the most scenic parts of the island, to thrilling and heart-stopping must-do activities when in the adrenaline capital of Queenstown, getting close to Paradise at the top of the Lake Wakatipu, and going a little ga-ga over the amazing autumn colour in Arrowtown. We packed so much into this three days we felt like we'd been away so much longer!
We also shared our smart and simple tips for how to have a cheap family holiday in Queenstown.
Everyone would agree, there's something pretty special about London Baby! Even the odd soggy and damp autumn day couldn't dampen our enthusiasm for inhaling London in deep and satisfied breaths. Over three amazing days we explored the great sights of London, the first day getting up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum which was a must for our dinosaur mad boy. The next day we saw every grand sight imaginable and realised that visiting London by bus and boat on The Original Tour was one of the best decisions we made on the trip! During our days in London, we also passed time riding the underground with our kids by making up funny names for all the tube stops and on our last day we capped off our London adventure with an incredible bird's eye view over the city on the London Eye.
The picturesque walk to Blue Spring is quite possibly one of NZ's best kept secrets. On this day, we found an assuming yet spectacular walk alongside the most amazing crystal clear water you are ever likely to see in your lifetime. The same water that might eventually find its way into the next Pump water bottle you buy!
Melbourne is one classy world city. There was beautiful architecture in the central malls to wander through and accidentally finding the best coffee in the city at Pellegrinis which made our day, as well as experiencing an incredible bird's eye view up the Skydeck tower, a Jedi moment at the National Gallery of Victoria and a 'must-do' meal in Chinatown. We assaulted our senses at the Queen Vic markets, got up close and personal with all manner of bugs at the Melbourne Museum, and watched the sun set in St Kilda. We left the city behind for a day and took to the mountains to ride on the historic Puffing Billy railway, and experienced the incredible skies over Docklands as the light faded slow from the day. No matter what we threw at her, Melbourne delivered. And we hope it's not too long before we get to experience her magic again.
Just outside of New Plymouth, this scenic 6km walk around Lake Mangamahoe takes you through native bush, California redwood trees, and around a stunning lake with incredible views of Mt Taranaki on a good day.
An utterly stunning sunset was the pinnacle of a day spent recovering from a very long plane journey under the luxourious heat of Arabian skies. We promptly followed this up with a day of amazing water play and adventure at one of the world's newest water parks, Yas Waterworld, where we whooped and hollered our way down the 40-odd hydroslides and rode on high around the park on the Bandit Bomber rollercoaster.
Top spots UK
There are few places on Earth where you could feel closer to Heaven than in the stunning Stourhead gardens surrounded by ancient temples and turning autumn leaves. A day out in Bath soaking up the ancient history, beautiful architecture and eating out at Jamie Oliver's Italian was also a highlight. Taking a ride on a tram and eating the biggest plate of fish n chips known to man on the English Coast was a must, as was revisiting an old favourite of ours Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast where we were just as likely to find a fossil as a 2p arcade machine. And we couldn't come halfway around the world without experiencing a day out at Legoland to add some extra thrill into our amazing trip.