Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.


How to get a Chinese tourist Visa in Melbourne.

How to get a Chinese tourist Visa in Melbourne.

If you are an Australian heading to China on holiday you need to organise a visa before you go. Just follow these simple steps and you’re passport will be stamped and the visa pasted in ready for you to explore China. I have learnt a […]

Getaway with Airbnb.

Getaway with Airbnb.

We have stayed in Airbnb properties all over the world. We stayed in an apartment in Verona, Italy just around the corner from the best coffee shop in the world. We stayed in  a house in Mittenwald, Germany with outlooks to the Alps. We have […]

New Zealand Top 10 with kids.

New Zealand Top 10 with kids.

We spent 10 days exploring the North Island of New Zealand. Our kids are aged 12,8,5 and we travel with a wheelchair. It was our first time in New Zeland even though my Dad was born there. With amazing scenery, beautiful people, rich cultural heritage and adventure sports its the perfect place for a family holiday.

 

  1. Kiw Iwi Lakes

Sitting having lunch in cafe Blah Blah Blah in Dargaville  the owner encouraged us to explore these lakes. We were not sure what to expect but on seeing them were blown away.

Beautful clear water like a tropical island with no one else in sight. We parked the camper on the shore and spent the morning swimming in the cool water.

2. Ball Rolling

For kids over 6 this is a must do adventure when in NZ.  In Rotorua we spent the afternoon at OGO rolling down the longest grass hill paths in NZ or even the world! I can still hear Pepper squealing from inside the ball and all of us laughing so much with the adrenlin rush.

Warning. You are going to get wet!

Once you are suitably dressed wait for the car to come and pick you up. It takes you up the hill in style! Once up the top you can wait in a hot tub and admire the amazing views of Lake Rotarua.

The ball is filled with water and in you jump! The gate swings away and off you go down the hill.

It was seriously the best fun for all of us! I couldn’t stop laughing and didn’t know which way was up or down! Both the kids loved the sidewinder course too which added more turns and twist to the typical straight run

Our top tips:

Bring your swimmers and towel Or you can hire them from OGO.

Bring an action cam to capture the thrills inside the OGO or you can hire them.

Thankyou Ogo for hosting us and enabling Cooper to tick off one of his big travel dreams.

3. Mud Pools.

Once you get past the sulphur smell this adventure is great for all ages. It is a unique experience in Rotarua with this amazing Geo Thermal activity.

The older kids really enjoyed the guided tour and learnt so much about the history of the area including Maori culture and the fact that there were fossils from coral right here next to the hot springs.

After the tour head to the change rooms and get in your swimmers. All your belongings can be kept in big plastic tubs which keeps them waterproof ( the day we went it was raining the whole day)

Soak in the mud for 15 minutes, shower, then laze in the sulphur pools.

Which kid wouldn’t want to play in mud?

Thankyou Hells Gate for Hosting our muddy learning visit!

4.Dig your own Hot Spa

Each day for two hours either side of low tide this beach is magical! While people are surfing others are relaxing in their own hot spa which they have dug themselves right there on the sand.

Grab a shovel ( they can be hired for $5 at Hotties or Top 10) and walk along the shore to where others are gathered just in front of a large rock in the water.

The water can reach over 40oC so always keep on eye and feel on where you are digging. Afterwards there are cold showers up near the carpark.

5. Travel to Narnia.

Walk along the beach were the children from …………. The 5km round trip trek down to Cathedral Cove is worth it. We would recommend for children 5 and up but we did see plenty of babies in carriers enjoying the view. It was hard going pushing a wheelchair too. At the end of the sealed path are 140 steps down to the sand. There is also the more luxurious option of doing a boat tour.

6. Eat the Best Fish and chips

Right on the water in Manganoui you can taste the best fish and chips in NZ! A great place to watch the sunset over the water and eat fresh fish straight off the boats.

7. Tamaki Maori cultural village.

One of the best things about travel is learning about local culture and customs. In NZ we loved learning all about traditional Maori culture in an amazing setting and evening of entertainment.

The fun starts from when the bus picks you up from your accommodation and ends when they drop you back. On the 20 minute drive we learnt a few Maori words and how to be respectful when watching the welcoming ceremony.

Under the canopy of forest trees you get a great insight of how the Maori people arrived and lived in New Zealand with great interactions from the audience members.

The singing was a huge highlight before a traditional Hungi dinner. The kids are still laughing about the bus trip home with Davey singing the Wheels on the bus!

Perfect for kids aged 5 and up. Thank you Tamaki Cultural Village for hosting our evening and teaching us all about the Maori culture.

8. Travel by campervan

We spent seven days exploring the North Island in a camper van. For all those stories head here. Heads up we loved it!

9. Rise above it.

The Auckland Sky tower is the perfect place to Auckland from up high. You can view the whole area 360oC from 220 metres up! We loved looking across towards the Coromandel and seeing where we had explored. I also love that it can give you a good idea of where things are placed for when you explore by foot. For a bigger adrenalin rush you can also walk along the edge or even jump from it!

Thankyou for hosting our visit, next time the kids want to try the jumping! ( FYI you need to be aged 10 and over 30kgs)

10. Street art self guided walking tour.

We love just walking around a new city and exploring by foot. The city of Auckland has some beautiful street art and you can do it yourself or book into a guided walk.

 

Exploring New Zealand by Campervan.

Exploring New Zealand by Campervan.

If you are going to explore with a campervan then New Zealand is the place to do it! We had never been camping, caravanning or in a campervan before and honestly it had never really appealed to me. As a young kid we would go […]

Exploring the Docklands, Melbourne.

Exploring the Docklands, Melbourne.

The Docklands in Melbourne is fast becoming THE place to visit. When staying in Melbourne we have usually chosen the centre of town or in the Southbank area. We spent a weekend in the ever changing Docklands precinct and think you should check it out too! We […]

5 Ways to have a Staycation.

5 Ways to have a Staycation.

Not exploring right now? Saving up for that trip of a lifetime?

Why not have a Staycation in your own hometown with all the things you love about being overseas?

Right now we are living in Melbourne with our next adventure planned for Easter. We will be heading across the waters to New Zealand to discover the North Island for the first time. Some of our favourite experiences while travelling can be recreated in our own home with just a little inspiration and planning.

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Show me the money- Global Money week.

Show me the money- Global Money week.

Its Global Money week! Over 100 countries are teaching the importance of financial literacy to children. Global Money Week (GMW) is a money awareness celebration. The goal is to teach children and youth about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur through fun […]

Keeping Healthy while travelling.

Keeping Healthy while travelling.

When we ask people what they worry about most when travelling with kids, it always comes back to keeping healthy while exploring. We have had our fair share of ups and downs with travelling. It is not always gazing at the Eiffel Tower or taking […]

Top 10 Instagram Hashtags for Family Travel

Top 10 Instagram Hashtags for Family Travel

Instagram is the perfect social media platform to research your next holiday, be inspired , plan new adventures and share your own adventures. Each day Instagram has over 400 million users. Each day over 150 million users are sharing stories on Instagram and having fun with live stories.

As family travel becomes more and more popular we share our top 10 hashtags to use to discover the best family travel accounts, find the best places to adventure and learn more about new destinations before you travel.

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Bushwalking using a wheelchair.

Bushwalking using a wheelchair.

Growing up in Victoria we would spend lots of time outdoors in the bush. Camping, bushwalking, weekly Girl Guides and Brownie camps. We haven’t done much bush walking with our kids as honestly the bush track and terrain and a wheelchair are really hard work […]


Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

This adventure saw our youngest child aged three.
On reflection it is at this age that some things become easier, gone are naps, nappies and prams but you also have to allow for a lot of flexibility as far as tiredness, determination and moods go!
Here are our top tips:
  • Reduce expectations. Gone are the days of cramming in activities from dawn to dusk! Be happy if you get one outing and limited tantrums.
  • Schedule pool time. It was the hottest month in Laos and a pool was a necessity. We would have two swims a day which kept Woody happy and allowed us all to cool off.
  • Reduce travel speed. Once you slow down to three year old walking pace you get to experience a lot that you may have missed. You get to talk to more people and make new friends.
  • Stock up on favourite snacks and drinks. Woody is not as adventurous with his food like his siblings. He’s happy if there is a steady supply of strawberry milk and biscuits. We always had these handy at airports, on the train and by the pool. We encouraged all efforts of trying something new.
  • Praise all efforts made to say hello to new faces. It’s beautiful the response kids get when they say hello and please in the local language. Encourage politeness but also understand that kids may get annoyed with the costant attention, arm and cheek squeezing and touching of golden locks.
  • Take small adventures in new vehicles. The experience of getting from A to B was enough of an outing if it involved a tuk tuk, push bike or motorbike. Woody loved the journey as much as the destination.
  • Join in activities with local kids. My kids loved swimming in the river at sunset in Vang Vieng and running through the markets with kids in Vientiane. Having kids opens up so many conversations with both locals and other tourists. Language is often a barrier but hand gestures and facial expressions go along way.
  • Bring along notepads, stickers and a favourite toy for the plane and waiting around airports. iPads are also great filled with favourite short tv shows to hold interest. Lollipops are also great for take off and landing as well as waiting in Immigration queues.
  • Tag team parental repsonsibility. We always try and get a morming or afternoon alone to explore while one of us stays with the kids. This allows the kids to rest around the hotel.
  • Our kids were welcomed everywhere we went. We went for family massages, temples and out for dinner and the kids were always greeted warmly. Don’t be afraid to get and and try everything even with kids in tow!

 

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