As the summer drew to a close and Granny and Grandad’s return date loomed, we set off on a final excursion together – The Valdivia Express! A hundred –year-old steam train which has been put back into service in recent years along a mostly dilapidated and unused rail track, just serviced enough for the summer tourist season.
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It's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! We decided having done lots of day hikes to give it a go and try an overnight stay in a department of conservation hut. The girls were so excited. Mathilda at 4 walked the 9.3km to the hut and the 9.3km out again. At 2.5 Isabel walked about 2km in and a staggering 5km out!!
Wow these little feet have really got going. Another 10 km.... a fab surf beach to finish off with a dip at the end and some lovely views along the way. If you happen to end up in this part of the world and do this walk....
On one of our days out these holidays we were having great fun at the beach searching rock pools, climbing boulders, collecting shells but when it came to lunch the wind was going to coat everything with a crunchy layer so we resorted to camping out in the boot of the car.
We've had so many adventures in the last few months I can hardly remember which I've written about and which I haven't?!.........
The Coromandel Pinnacles, Coromandel, New Zealand. From bottom to top its 760m and approx 7.5 km. Well with these shoes our little girl can acheive anything she sets her mind to.
Whilst on a camping trip over the christmas holidays, we stayed in a place called Te Aroha....maori for love.
We just wanted to say a big thank you for the opportunity to tell everyone about our outdoor adventures
Wow, Auckland really celebrates the Chinese New Year with a huge festival.
After a child-free week away trekking in the Torres Del Paine National Park, (lovely, but definitely easier to do without kids). We did meet a family with a 9 and 11 year old, but it would be very hard to do with young children.
After nearly 3 years in Chile, I still can't get used to having Christmas in the Summer! With it getting dark around 22:30, the Christmas lights are barely noticeable and all the fake snow, just doesn't make sense. A lack of mince pies and mulled wine also serves to weakens the Christmas vibe. However, there is something to be said about spending the special day outside.
Whilst everyone out there seems to be enjoying winter fun for christmas, we in New Zealand are in the middle of summer and in full camping season. We do everything all at once, main school holidays plus christmas, it makes for a very very mad time when trying to attend end of term events, organise Christmas here and presents to be sent over seas and also organising a camping trip/holiday.