The trip was amazing – we all had a truly memorable time. We felt like we were on vacation forever, although we started to get a little tired of travelling towards the end. We did a lot of sight-seeing in New Zealand, and having to move so frequently it definitely was more hectic than our time in Australia. The weather was great the whole time, and surprisingly hot in NZ! Fortunately for us, the kids were wonderful travelers. The size of the mini-van was perfect because it allowed us to sit all three boys in the second row – perfect for the older ones to entertain the baby when he woke up and needed some attention. We also used the generous trunk space at the back as our own private changing room for all the beaches we went to.
Too many highlights to pick just one, but we really enjoyed Sydney (probably our favourite global city so far), the apartment in Mooloolaba was perfectly located for a nice relaxing stay by the beach and in NZ we were blown away by the beautiful scenery of the Coromandel Peninsula. The farm stay was also a nice relaxing touch at the end and we were able to have a late check-out allowing us to take our time packing up for the return flight home.
Thanks so much for all your help in making this dream come true for us! Who knows… we could go back again to catch some of the many things we didn’t get to see or do when the kids are older – will let you know if we do!