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Three generation trip to Sydney

We flew Emirates from Christchurch and I need to have a wee plug for the leg room on their airbus, it was brilliant, I never at any time connected my knees with the seat in front of me, and that is honestly a first!

I could hardly believe it had been 19 years since my last trip to Sydney, the city is as exciting now as it was there. Sydney is currently under huge development which means using public transport around the Central Sydney is the most effective form of transport.

We arranged an Olga (like Uber only newer) from the Airport, we did have to walk a little further than the taxi ranks to collect but the price was good, driver friendly and vehicle clean. Our top tip is to get an Opal card, when you are staying at some hotels they have these available to borrow and top up at your leisure, this makes travelling by bus or train super easy and is the only way to pay.

Our accommodation for the 5 nights was the beautiful Amora Hotel Jamieson Sydney, we were lucky enough to stay on the 31st floor, which commanded some beautiful views and allowed us to use the Jamieson Club Lounge. Breakfasts were a short 1 minute walk to the lounge with the sun streaming in and a fabulous array of food of a small buffet, cereals, fresh fruits (the passion fruit was to die for), selection of breads and even cooked options. The service was always top notch. In the evenings canapes and drinks are served in the same lounge between 5.30pm and 7pm, and this was all we needed for dinner each evening.

During the days we visited many of Sydney’s sights, Madame Tussaud’s, Sydney Tower (not for those scared of heights), Sydney Opera House, Paddy’s Market, Circular Quay, China town, Marouba, Randwick and onto La Perouse, Birkenhead Point. The boat trip to Birkenhead Point on the Shopper Hopper was brilliant the trip was long enough to get great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera house plus see all the sights along the waterfront. If you want all the brand shops this is the place to be, everything from Calvin Klein to Nike and in between. There was not enough time for us to do it all, so next time we go we have more things on our list to tick off.

All three of us had a fantastic time in Sydney, so definitely suitable for all ages to have fun fun fun!


Argentina and Iguassu Falls in Brazil

Welcome to Buenos Aires they say, and a very warm welcome indeed.

WOW what a diverse and busy city, filled with so much interesting history, beautiful food, markets and hotels. I absolutely loved my short stay in this city, we experienced food (and beef), like I have never eaten in the past.

I learnt all about Eva Peron who was a rather incredible Argentinian leader “Don’t cry for me Argentina” ring any bells? Her grave site is one of pure beauty and can be explored best on a group tour to learn all of the history about this most incredible cemetery.

The architecture is very mixed, but for me it felt like being in Europe, the Retiro Railway Station is Academicist in style and opened in 1915 very much like a gare in Paris. I particularly loved the Graffiti Tour that we did, you must do this on a tour, do not attempt this yourself for many reason!! If you like to shop all the shopping is set up in quarters, so Antiques and trinkets are easy to find, along with shopping centres and other wares.

We also went to the Argentinian and Brazilian sides for the Iguassu falls, the question is always asked what side should I see, having seen both I would recommend doing both, but if you are short on time why not ask me the question. Iguassu falls what an incredibly powerful and inspiring place to visit, so much water and the infrastructure amazing.

Buenos Aires would be a great place to stop before heading to Europe or just to stay a while and explore Argentina and the Iguassu falls from. Give me a call or email and I can recommend the best places to stay eat and shop!


Southern Africa November 2016 – Animals Animals Animals

I was lucky enough to be invited to join a World Journey’s educational trip to Southern Africa including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The itinerary was very extensive we got to see a lot of Capetown, wineries and taste some awesome food. We drove, flew and even got to travel on the Blue Train between Capetown and Pretoria. We spent 2 days in Kruger and saw the “BIG 5” on the way from the airport Ngala Lodge, were spoilt with the quality of food and service.

Highlights included a visit to Victoria Falls, taking a Mokoro (dugout canoes) through Hippo highways in the Okavango Delta. The animal life was incredible and we got to experience animal spotting with some of the very best guides and trackers. I was mesmerised by the people, and their cultures and the hidden beauty that is Africa.

Niue June 2016 – Adventure plus!

My husband and I went on a self familiarisation trip to Niue, my expectations were blown away! We found the place to be bursting at the seams of exciting adventures to be had. Snorkelling in what felt like your own private coral pool, swimming/snorkelling with the dolphins, walks on rocky paths or through native bush. Friendly is a word I would use to explain Niue, full of smiles and happy faces.

Samoa April 2016 – Fun family time

We had a lovely relaxing time, filled with days of swimming and sight seeing… the country is very lush. Beautiful and clean, beaches and tropical fish that you have only seen in “Finding Nemo”.
Coming home was hard after making friends and having to say goodbye.

Samoa – Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa 11-16 June 2015

I am left with memories of beautiful beaches, lush green plants, fresh food, smiling faces and new friends

South Island Campervan trip with Rode Abode Camper 2-18 April 2015

We do live in paradise, what an amazing journey, we travelled down the West Coast of New Zealand, ticked off our bucket list of Milford Sound and the Caitlins, and returned via the East Coast (in the snow I might add). Truly spectacular scenery, the 16 day trip went all too fast.


Cairns / Port Douglas and Palm Cove 5-8 December 2013

The trip was way more than I ever expected, I was impressed by the friendly people, the ease of getting around, the wonderful beaches and resorts…… not to mention the FOOD!

Tasmania 26 April to 3 May 2013

Pictures from our families recent trip to Hobart and surrounding areas.




Shopping Shopping Shopping, no really I was there to work and see what Melbourne had to offer, just a short trip. Melbourne is so full of excitement and buzz, it was a great place to spend two nights.

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