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Is your #NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ the same as mine?
#NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ #BlogGreatness

You hear the slightest splish as you paddle enters the water and draws backwards to propel you further along the lake…

So far I’m the only Paddleboarder on the lake…but I soon won’t be…

It’s quiet, but not too quiet…

6.30am and the sun is just starting to peak over the snow sprinkled hills…

This is my favourite part of New Zealand…both in Summer & in Winter!

Favourite part of New Zealand #NZBloggers

It’ a place where you can do crazy-ass adventure sports you didn’t know existed, Snowboard down the street, walk into the supermarket in your togs and they would still be just looked upon as togs…not undies, Waterski almost from your front door, Paddleboard from one side of the lake to the other, Mountain Bike a new track everyday for 2 months, Ski at World Class Ski fields and with World Class Skiers, go Deep Canyoning down rock faces that make you nearly pee your pants, shoot Guns, get lost, leap off bridges and bounce back, abseil down rock faces just on the side of the road and SUP alongside your dog all before 9am!

You can also do absolutely nothing but lay on the beach, on the grass, under an umbrella, under a tree, on the raft (requires effort to get there), on a lilo or whatever other lazy-ass non-endeavor takes your fancy!

Here are my:

Top 10 reasons THIS is my Favourite part of NZ

❤ Biology

I love my family…being with them, totally fills my tank.  Not my shark tank, my heart tank!

I now have quite a few nieces and nephews and they just make our extended family time even more awesome.

Most of my time spent in my favourite place revolves somehow around family.  We have either gone their with family and friends or are hanging out with our family that lives there.

My family also loves it here too, so makes us all a pretty happy bunch there together and not a shark tank in sight.

Rope Swing Lake Wanaka

❤ Them ‘feels’

I remember reading a long time ago, how that memories of places are more about how it made us feel when we were there, or while we were doing it…rather than the actual event or place itself.

So even though it’s stunning here its an awesome place and we have tones of fun…it’s so much more about how I feel inside when I’m driving through the countryside towards its and how I feel when I am actually there.

I’m not sure if it’s because so often I am joining up with lots of the people I love dearly there and have such a great time with them and it fills my heart.  Or because the place is so often associated with Holidays and fun things.
Or because so many of our awesome experiences have been there.

But all of it goes with how I feel there – love – elated – fulfilled – happy – relaxed – greatful – blessed – adventurous – one with nature – excited – peaceful.

❤ Photogenic – much?

I dare you to resist the urge to click the trigger on your camera.

It’s one of THE most photographic locations not just in the New Zealand, but in the world and you will have taken one before you even know it.

Photographers come from all over the world to shoot the lake, the snow capped mountains, it’s people and the adventurous pursuits abound.

They even recently had New Zealand’s first #instameet, you can read about Young Adventuress Hosting it with Lake Wanaka Tourism on her Blog. (TVNZ video)

Some years I take up to 500 photo’s during our holidays there, some years I just soak it in and hardly take any trying more to just live in the moment (see this fab post from Simon Darby about this).

So many angles, autumn colours, breathtakingly tall trees along the water front, winding paths, epic peaks, crazy loveable locals, sparkly water, glistening snow, #thewanakatree, crazy old bach’s, stunning new houses, weddings to peak on from afar, your latest adventure, the ladybird crawling up your arm as you lay on the grass…

Favourite part of New Zealand #NZBloggersHmmm…I may have over filtered the blue a bit on this one  😉 

❤ Breath in & Out

This place just makes me feel good.

It makes my heart sing.

It makes me breath in and out especially when I feel like I have just been breathing just ‘in’ too much lately.

It makes me find my calm.

It makes me thank God for the beauty he has created here.

I spent a long weekend down their in winter last year (without Miss 15).
I was there for a family event and just got to 100% do my own thing and not be a parent at all.
We had the most spectacular weather.  The mountains were covered in snow, but the days were clear blue skies and sunny.

I spent one afternoon taking the longest-longest meander all around the lake track taking a million photos along the way (so much so, I flattened my iphone completely and my camera card was full!).
Stopping at different points and just really looking at all the tiny goings on on the lake, the stunning surroundings and the little things…I lay on the grass and just watched the sky and soaked it in.

So much so, my family thought something might have happened and was just sending out a search party when I came walking back along the road – whoops, sorry!

❤ The White stuff that goes ‘shush’

With some of the best Ski Fields in New Zealand on it’s doorstep, this is the place to go for Snow Skiing and Snow Boarding.

I have had the most memorable days one of it’s Ski Field and have loved teaching Miss 15 to ski there at 5 years old.  The white stuff (snow) truly does go shush and sometimes even squeaks when you are the first one to slowly cut tracks first thing in the morning.

You should see this town in the snow…it’s something out of a fairy tale. (Must find some more Winter pics to upload)

The town is scattered with many-many place to pop into on your way home from a long day up on the mountain to sit in front of a roaring fire, grab a beer and some delicious food.

Just imagine this little village, snow right down to the lake edge and sparkling all around.

Favourite part of New Zealand Wanaka

❤ The Wet Stuff that goes ‘splash’

It’s not the calmest lake in New Zealand and sometimes you can go days and a time with non skiing weather.

But when it’s a beaut, it’s a beaut.

There are so many bays and nooks and crannies and islands to plant yourself on for the day and Water ski your little hearts out.

I have had some of my very best Water Skiing days in my life on this lake.

I have also had some of my worst, like trying to get up on the Wakeboard to no avail except a 5 second stand, so there was a lot of wet stuff going splash that day.

Favourite part of Wanaka New Zealand

❤ You can make Raro

Annnnndddd….its LAKE water, that’s right, no salt water, it’s the best.

Yup, can be a little fresh when you first jump in, but it’s totally worth it.

None of this feeling sticky and salty coming back in from a swim. I tried to explain it on my last day there at Christmas, but I like the way my hair and skin feel after skiing on the lake.  It’s like everything feels fresher.

I mean you can drink the stuff.

When you are miles away from a tap and you have run out of liquids.  Do what we used to do in the old days…

Whiz the boat out about 50m off shore, scoop up 2 litre Tupperware juice container of water and pour in the raro!  Gave all of us kids a sugar hit to let us keep skiing all afternoon too.

There are also natural springs around the town and lake.

Cardona Hotel Wanaka

❤ Hyper or a Bum

Some of our holidays are super hyper active and there isn’t much downtime between adventures both Summer and Winter.

Sometimes they are super cruisey and much time is spent lazying around under a tree, by the lake, at the camp, with our families and just shooting the breeze.

That’s what I love, is you can make it as active or as cruisey as you like.

Last Summer we did exactly that.

Punctuated our days with lay lazy then active active then lazy active then lazy active active etc… best of both worlds.

❤ Tow Truck Drivers & Peeps seriously rock

Ok, the peeps kinda rock!

My family are there and yes, they seriously rock.

Their friends are all super cool and are from such a vast diversity all 6471 (population) of them.

Everyone I meet there has a different way of viewing the world and are all into such different things.

My car broke down on our last trip, IN the infamous ‘New World Car Park’, right in the prime centre front spot!
This awesome Roadside Rescue guy turns up and it’s a long story, but I ended up driving the tow truck!

Then he drives me all the way back home too like it was no trouble at all like all great small towns.

Favourite part of New Zealand Wanaka

❤ 70 year old Italian-style ice cream from Tuscany

Peanut Butter & Pavlova…

Coke & Candyfloss…

Boysenberry & Central Otago Apricots

Cointrieu Orange & Ferrero Rocher

Creme Caramel & Maltesers

Have I said enough yet?

Black Peak Gelato mix around 50+ different flavours onsite and each day you go in (yes sometimes everyday) they will have chosen different ones up on the board for today.

They are so damn good!  Once you have one, you will always go back – even in Winter!

Have you guessed where my Favourite part in NZ is yet?

If you have guessed Wanaka you would be dead right.

I can’t get enough of this place.

Hope I get to spend some time again there this Summer (& maybe some Winter 😉 )

Have you been?
What did you think?
What’s your favourite thing to do there?
What’s your favourite part in New Zealand?

Favourtie place in New Zealand Wanaka #NZBloggers
#NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ – Wanaka, Central Otago.

I have written about my love for Wanaka on my Blog many times, you can read more post that feature Wanaka below:

• Summer Time Bucket Lists – What we ticked off in 2013/14

• The South Island sure does have my heart

• Laser Eye Surgery – The most Epic day with my New Eyes! (in Wanaka)

• SUP – Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lake Wanaka

Summer Time Bucket Summer Time Bucket List Lake WanakaList Lake Wanaka


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Where to sleep while Travel Blogging? 12 hours left The Paradise Pack

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Where to sleep while Travel Blogging? 12 hours left The Paradise Pack

House Exchanges, House Sitting, Families Couches, Love Boat Cruises, Exclusive Hotels…

There are so many option abound when we travel as to where we may lay our weary heads.

These 5 beds, are going to be just some of the places I will sleep when I’m travelling and working oversea’s.

Where do you want to sleep while Travel Blogging or Working from Anywhere Overseas?

1. House Exchange

My parents are just awesome and I am in awe of the travel they have achieved over their lives.

They traveled multiple times overseas while we were kids, took us along with them on epic trips as Teenagers and have traveled extensively since they have retired and they are now into their early 70’s. (They are overseas again now for 5 months)

They also spent a whole two and a half years travelling whilst accommodating themselves in back to back “House Exchanges”!!!

Can you believe it, a whole whopping 30 months moving from place to place every month around Europe, England & USA.

So I have 2 great role models that will sing the praises of House Exchanges.  They have enough info, intel and experiences to write and book and they so should!

With Wellington being an perfect place for overseas visitors to centre themselves for travelling around in New Zealand and an apartment in the centre of the city it would make for easy exchanges.

House Exchanges

2. House Sitting

In New Zealand I have only House Sat around 4 times which worked out greatly both for the people I sat for and myself.  Fulfilling needs on both sides.

But I haven’t ever explored House Sitting as an option for Oversea’s travel, have you?

But it something that really interests me and so this is something I am very excited to explore from The Paradise Pack(*Affiliate) with Nat & Jodie sharing their wisdom with their House Sitting Academy.

As full time International House Sitters they will share with you all the ins and outs to get you started and on your way to explore the world while caring for other peoples homes.

House Sitting

3. Sleep on my families Couch

I have slept on many a couch in my lifetime and know I will sleep on many more yet.

I’m a little lucky having family and friends scattered around the world in London, Germany, Canada, Florida and New York.

So I know some of my travelling and working is going to take place sleeping on some of their couches across the globe.

I will attempt cook one of my small repertoire of dishes that actually taste good, play with the kids and earn my accommodation dues.

Then completely soak up the goodness you get from spending time with loads of people you love that you don’t get to see enough of.


4. Love Boat – Cruise

I grew up catching episodes here and there of The Love Boat and I LOVED it!

I so wanted to be Vicki who lived on the Pacific Princess with Captain Stubing and get to hang out with Julie and Isaac and see all the comings and goings of the people of the cruises.

But the places they sailed to captured me the most, with exotic sounding places like Acapulco, Santa Cruz, Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas.  Waking up in a new port every day is something that I love the sound of.

I have had friends that have ‘Cruised’ and they have raved about it.  One day, I’m going to go on one of those cruises and it’s going to be Love Boat inspired and it’s going to be awesome :-)

Even though I do get travel sick!


5. Fairmont – Lake Louise – Banff National Park…etc…

Imagine waking up in the picturesque location of Banff National Park and seeing this out your window!

I fell in love with it Banff after seeing it on a TV show one day and I remember my parents absolutely singing it’s praises.

The lake surrounded by the glorious mountains and glaciers and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I want to immerse myself in loads of summer kayaking on the lake and hiking trails, Mountain Biking and Rafting and winter activities like Snowboarding, Ice Skating and flying over it in a Helicopter.

This is just one of the exclusive destinations and accommodations I want to awake in.

Winter view of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Source


A few more worthy mentions of where I want to sleep…
…glamping in Spain
…in a Caravan on the English Seaside
…in a tent in France
…in a bure with a ocean floor in the Maldives
…under the stars in every country…

Where do you want to sleep while Travel Blogging or working from Anywhere Overseas?

If you think The Paradise Pack* resources might help get you there you still have just 12 hours to get it before it’ gone.

Full list of contents are listed in this post here.

20 world Class resources worth $2000 for $197.
Expires Sunday June 7th at 11:59pm PST (Mon June 8th 6.59pm New Zealand Time)

Buy it here now before it’s too late The Paradise Pack*

*This is an affiliate link.  If you click on it (& purchase this awesome pack) I will receive a commission (no extra cost to you, you’re just outright saving money here honey).  Which will help me buy more resources in future!

Jason and Trav the guys that pull together all the amazing resources to go into The Paradise Pack has shared some Reviews with us.

I have posted these below so you can see what others are saying about it.


Hi Jason

If you want to travel more and have the ability to work from anywhere (even home) then The Paradise Pack has everything you need and more. But…

Don’t listen to us!

Anytime you buy something it helps to read the ‘reviews’ and hear what others have to say about it. Right?

We have been flooded with emails from people who purchased The Paradise Pack.

It’s been insane to hear how much it is already changing lives and helping people.

We thought we’d share some of these with you today – unfiltered and unedited.

Here is a sampling of what some people just like you have to say about The Paradise Pack so far.

Reviews from people about the tremendous value of The Paradise Pack

“Oh my gosh! This email was such an amazing surprise!! Upon unzipping my Paradise Pack, I felt slightly overwhelmed by the AMOUNT of HIGH-QUALITY contents. Wanting to delve and have a look into EVERYTHING, my eyes were guided to Blog Brilliantly by Christine Gilbert.

I feel that by getting my website/blog running like a machine will be a launch pad for me to create the life that I desire ~ a life of FREEDOM!

What is pretty awesome is that alone, this blogging course would have cost me $249.00. I feel like I’ve already been almost paid back by the Paradise Pack. If I would have picked select courses through other sites, I could have easily rolled myself a hefty bill. The Paradise Pack is a fantastic money saver.”

– Patty


“You’ve really put me in a bind now.

I’m going to need to take at *least* a year off in order to get through all the goodies in the pack and be ready for the next one.

Have already spent a full day getting a good first look at about half the pack.

Each awesome product keeps leading me down new learning rabbit holes, and presenting yet more bonus materials and community members to meet than I could ever have imagined.

This could take a while.

I can’t really imagine anything more useful to get the creative juices flowing, the inspiration going, and the practical tools in hand to make dreams real.”

– Kali


“As a student on a small budget, I think the most important thing I learned was that I had just wisely invested what little money I have! It’s a worthwhile purchase even if you only actually use one thing in the entire package! Also, just having access to these materials gives me a huge confidence boost towards attempting to make money online and achieving my dream of permanent travel!

Thank you all so much! This may have been the most important purchase of my life!”

– Clark

Reviews from people using The Paradise Pack to save money on travel immediately

“The Paradise Pack taught me how to rack up hundreds of thousands of rewards points by meeting multiple credit card minimum spend requirements without actually spending any money. And it’s totally legal! Free flight to Thailand – here I come!”

– Sonja


“I have dived head first into the paradise pack. My first book I have read is Ultimate guide to travel hacking by Mathew Kapnes. I have already followed his advice on close looped spending and I am gaining loads of free flyer miles! I already have a trip planned for August all across Canada that I was not going to take but now that I have these extra miles laying around I decided to go for it.

I recently started doing the online courses from The House Sitter Academy and I am super stoked about the possibilities that house sitting provides.

Anyways just thought I would let you guys know how appreciative I am that you offer this package. I can safely say that it has changed my life for the better!!!”

– Grant


“Thanks so much for putting together all this valuable information! So far, I’ve really enjoyed learning about housesitting from Nat & Jodie. They make it very doable and practical for anyone. It has really helped me find the perfect way to live my personal long term travel goals while staying in homes with lovely pets and seriously cutting down on accommodation costs.”

Again, thank you!! –Mairéad

Reviews from people using The Paradise Pack to quit their jobs, earn money from anywhere and travel more

“Thanks for the opportunity. Within 1 day, I’ve already learned the importance of and begun developing an editorial calendar for my blog to plan more longer-term. I realize how much I have to do, and I get excited to come home from my 9-5 to learn from the Paradise Pack and implement suggestions in real-time”

– Elaine


“Just wanted to say I’m really happy with my purchase so far. One thing I learned so far is how to make money blogging. Before this it seemed like a mystery to me how others have done it. Thank you guys – you guys are awesome!”

– Jen


Reviews on just a few of the products in The Paradise Pack

“I’m cycling through Germany this summer so have dived straight into Benny Lewis’ super well written book, ‘Why German Is Easy.’ His language hacks and mindset tips are improving my confidence to speak with the little bit of German I know. He says, ‘Never let speaking imperfectly hold you back from trying.’ After all, you’ll be speaking with another human being who will understand that you’re learning.”



“I just purchased the Paradise Pack this last week, and I decided to dive into the Blog Brilliantly course first. It was a solid choice! It isn’t just an online course – you get immediate access into the Blog Brilliantly Facebook group where you are instantly connected with a couple hundred other people working towards the same goal as you, all there to help you hone your idea into a viable blog. From what I can tell so far, the people in the group are honest, helpful, and willing to have meaningful discussions about each other’s work.

That has been the best surprise of the Paradise Pack for me (thus far!) and I can’t wait to crack open the rest of the content. There’s so much to look forward to!”

Cheers and thank you!


“I’ve begun the course with Tim Leffel’s ebook A Better Life for Half the Price, and am very impressed by the detailed info he provides about which countries are the cheapest and easiest for an American (or anyone) to relocate to. It’s also an interesting course in the basics of global economics, which is important to know, since relocating abroad involves much more than just finances. It’s even great info for anyone looking to just travel to amazing places where the U.S. dollar goes further. I’m eager to learn all I can from this course, and I’ll continue using it as a reference guide after completing it.”



“Through the Paradise Pack I have discovered there is a community of awesome people who think the way I do about travel. They all have a lot to teach me and the paradise pack is finally helping me to connect the dots towards my dream of long term travel!”



And these are just a few of the many emails we received!

You may have noticed how excited people are and how quickly they are taking advantage of the resources in the pack.

Are you ready to kick start you life in a new direction – one filled with as much travel as you desire and the ability to work from anywhere (even home)?

You can still get The Paradise Pack for a tiny bit longer – but on Sunday June 7th at 11:59pm Pacific (Monday June 8th 6.59pm New Zealand Time) it will be gone – FOREVER.

Yes, it will NEVER exist again, so don’t miss out!

Get Your Paradise Pack* Now


Jason & Trav

PS – 10% of your purchase goes to Pencils of Promise to build a school for kids in Guatemala – when you order The Paradise Pack you’ll also be giving back in a seriously awesome way:)

PPS – Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions.

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Less than 24 hrs left to snap up The Paradise Pack* …

It got me thinking about some of the places I can see myself working overseas…where do you want to work?

(closes June 7th 11.59pm PST = June 8th 6.59pm NZ Time) (*Affiliate)

The Paradise Pack work from overseasSources as individually listed below

Where do you see yourself working oversea’s?
Would you like to join me at some of my places?


1. On the Ski Lift at Whistler – Canada

I love Snow Skiing and it often features high on our list of holidays.  My last overseas Ski resort we had the pleasure of screaming down some 11 years ago was Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe and it was A-Mazing!

Chair lifts have become alot faster these days as have the ones on Whistler, but I can see myself on my phone logging in to confirm suppliers, approve design and reply to quick emails on here proving that yes I can work Anywhere (as long as it’s not a blizzard!).

Or maybe while I’m stopped at the cafe near the top while I stop for a quick Hot Chocolate break I receive a call from the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge who would like to know if I would like to join them for dinner on their last night of their USA Skiing Holiday.

I agree, because I think they are kinda cool and the restaurant we are going to is going to serve Melktert for dessert all the way from South Africa as a throw back to their engagement. (and I LOVE me some traditional Melktert!)



2. On the Deck of my Bure in Fijior maybe just down on the sand

Way back in 2003 I spent an amazing Holiday (including a friends wedding) in Fiji, so I am well due a visit back.

After spending the day eating, Diving, Paddle boarding, Hiking, lazing in the Pool and eating some more, I can see myself snatching a hour or two of work on this deck as the sun goes down playing about with some new invention design idea’s before I head out for dinner (more food) and spend the evening dancing.

Then Richard Branson rocks up onto my deck and casually reminds us that we met at the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham in October and would I like to spend some time with his family on his own island – Necker?

I go to decline, as you know I’m in Fiji already, it’s pretty dam awesome here…but agree to “OK I come after I’ve finished in Fiji”, but only because England lost to New Zealand in the most epic final and I’m feeling a bit sorry for Richard as it’s 4 more years (even though he loves the All Blacks too).



3. After a long lazy picnic in Central Park – New York

Only ever having spent 3 days in New York, I have ALOT to yet see and do.

I want to spend a good couple of months living in New York, maybe even up to 6 months getting to just chill and slowly explore my way around.

In amongst that I see Central Park featuring many-many a time.  Yeah, call me romantic…but I see many a long lazy picnic had in here.

Can you see me in there, I’m just above the 10th hole having a picnic with Sarah Jessica Parker & Chris Noth.  They have invited along Chris’s younger cousin Jack who loves New Zealand accents and having conversations about the weird dreams we had last night 😉

It will then be a short jaunt back to my rented apartment that doesn’t feature much, but is in the PERFECT location for scouting New York to set to work on new product design and function for a few hours before the New York evening (& Jack) drag me from my computer screen to take me out to the city of lights and dancing til sunrise.



4. In the morning before driving a Ferrari along the Amalfi Coast – Italy

I will have woken up (hungry) and had a delicious full on Italian breakfast, so can start my work with a full tummy and the air of excitement of what my afternoon will entail exploring the stunning Amalfi Coast in my cherry Red Ferrari.

Making it hard to work, but I persevere anyway writing, posting, publishing, editing, talking with publishers, designers and manufacturers.

I’m mid conversation with my New Zealand team when my call waiting goes off and it’s Jimmy Kimmel inviting me to show him my crazy new Mom Time Saving invention that he can’t get enough of on his show.

I let him know, “Yes Jimmy, I am interested…but I can’t make April, as I’ll be in Como then”, he suggest May, which works well as I’ll be back in town then.

He makes me promise to not share it on any late night shows before then, which I promise, but say that George has just ordered 47 of them for his friends, so I can’t guarantee it will stay out of the Paparazzi.

Jimmy is livid George has got 47 all ready and he has none!

But is going to take the risk and pleads me to send him at least 1.

I say I can’t promise anything, but will see if I my PA back in Wellington will send lend him her one until new stock arrives, but she is allowed to charge him a hireage rate that well covers her Petrol bill for the year.

ferrari, amalfi coast


5. After Water-skiing on Lake Como – Italy

I have my family with me at Como and it’s the still not mid season, so the lakes quite nice and quiet and we have unseasonably perfect weather creating flat calm water-skiing conditions!

56 square miles of perfect Water-skiing, Wakeboarding and Boating all day with my family.

I resist the urge to login, but my phone has been beeping like crazy down inside my bag inside it’s waterproof pocket with Notifications and I’ve successfully ignored it for 7 hours so far.

I give in and see my product sales have just quadrupled in the past month (much to my delight)?

I spend some time trying to figure out what’s going on and after a bit of researching and logging onto my Facebook page, I discover it’s because I was spotted boating with George and Amal a few weeks ago (even though I had a sombrero on and the picture of me Waterskiing my face looks like one of those dogs with it’s head out the window going 200km per hour! – who on earth would recognise me like that!)

But the clincher seemed to be that 2 weeks ago Cindy (a fellow working Mom) was seen reading my book as she and Randi whizzed past in their speed boat on their way to lunch with G&A.

Italy   Tourist Attractions In Italy


Where do you see yourself working oversea’s?
Would you like to join me at some of my places?

Yup, a little bit of Fan Fiction of my travelling / working life here 😉

Hey, I am realistic, I know sometimes (many times) I’m going to be holed up in my accommodation, head down working like crazy to deadlines and to meet suppliers demands and sometimes I’m hardly going to see all of where I am…but I’m aiming for ALOT of travel to be in my future.

So in that I’m aiming for alot of working from ANYWHERE to be in my future.

Read what’s in The Paradise pack from my post on Friday it lists ALL the great content you get in there.

If you are thinking of buying The Paradise Pack as you also see yourself also working from Anywhere in your future, remember you have less than 24 hours left The Paradise Pack*
(Expires forever Monday June 8th 6.59pm NEW ZEALAND TIME)

*This is an affiliate link.  If you click on it (& purchase this awesome pack) I will receive a commission (no extra cost to you, you’re just outright saving money here honey).  Which will help me buy more resources in future!


Trav & Jason from The Paradise Pack shared with us some FAQ that you may find interesting.

I have posted these below.



In the last 24 hours we’ve gotten a TON of questions about The Paradise Pack*
That makes sense.

After all, you need to decide if it’s right for you – and sometimes that isn’t easy.

We understand how you feel.

We’ve both purchased courses, ebooks and trainings online, even from people that are currently part of The Paradise Pack!

It’s important to do your research so you feel comfortable with your decision.

We believe in total transparency and want to give you everything you need to decide whether it’s right for you.

And we aren’t afraid to say who it’s NOT for.

For example, if you are someone who doesn’t want to take action, or learn new things then The Paradise Pack is not for you.

On the flip side…

We believe whole-heartedly that this pack will change your life forever.

It’s a bold statement but a true one.

If you are looking to travel more and/or have the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world (now or in the near future) we believe The Paradise Pack is perfect for you.

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Summer Time Bucket Lists – What we ticked off in 2013/14

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Summer Time Bucket Lists“Summer Time Bucket Lists” are such a fabulous way to make your Holiday plans.

They give you tonnes of activities, events, and rainy day ideas both big and small to look forward to and plenty of ideas for when you can’t quite think what you should do that day.

We are putting together out Summer Time Bucket List for these holidays coming up 2014/15, that’s when I remembered I didn’t actually hit publish on my post about last years one (it sat 95% done) “Summer Time Bucket Lists – What we ticked off in 2013/14”!

So here it is:


For the first time last year 2012/13 I suggested to Miss 12 (at the time) that she make a “Summer Time Bucket List”…

Things for her and I to tackle on our holiday that would be loads of fun, a mixture of both big and small ideas as well as things we $Pay for and free idea’s too.

We really enjoyed thinking of things to put on it totaling about 15 things on it all up.  Then we had the fun of her ticking off items like “Bungy Jumping” and mastering Water Skiing outside the wake etc…

So this Summer we made a new Summer Time Bucket List 2013/14 and a slightly more ‘ambitious’ one.

Below you will see how we got on, we still have loads of summer left and hope to get through many more before the sun disappears for Winter again.

1. √ Early Swim out to the Lake Wanaka Raft + treats

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … It’s in our nature to sleeeeeep in, but somehow my daughter (Miss 14) & I dragged our butts out of the Campground & down to the lake to swim out to the raft!

@ 5.55am – yup!!

Our arctic dash was helped along by our stash of Chocolate tucked inside my wetsuit to eat once we got out on to the raft!  (Freddo & Crunchie)

It wasn’t so cold coming back in and Miss 14 even stayed in the water for a bit :-) We were even back in before Challenge Wanaka people ‘uber athletes’ started their practice swim!!

Even though I put this on our Bucket List, it took us til 3/4 of the way through our holiday to finally achieve it (& our last day in Wanaka!).

45 mins later we walked back down to the Foreshore to Kai Whakapai Cafe to defrost some more and get Hot Chocolate!  The early morning swim was a great way to farewell 3 fantastic weeks in Wanaka.

Early Morning swim out to the Raft Lake Wanaka

chocolate treats for the raft

2. √ Foosball – Have a family Foosball tournament

FREE – If you already have it.  It may $Cost you bragging rights though.
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … The competition was hot on the Foosball table and many an hour was spent flipping away on it.  I didn’t win overall, but had a blast trying to.

If I had the space for game type things at my house, it would be a Foosball* table a Pool Table and Air Hockey!


3. Single Ski/Slalom Ski

FREE if you already have access to the Boat, Gear & Petrol.
(Miss 14)

Yes … Miss 14 has been skiing now since she was about 7 years old and has progressed through the different stages over the years.
This year, her aim was to be able to ‘drop one ski’ and ‘Slalom or Single Ski’.

Well … SHE DID and it was hugely hugely exciting.

The day she did it we had head out to an amazing spot way-way up the top of the breathtaking area of Lake Benmore.  We launched off from Sailor’s Cutting and pretty much nearly had the entire Lake area to ourselves.
There was only 5 of us there that day and we had an amazing day on the Lake.

Not only did Miss 14 master the Single Ski much to her delight (and the rest of us), but we also got my wee niece up on the Ski’s for the first time too which was doubly exciting.  You should have seen the smiles on both their faces that day = Priceless.

As all great lakes days, by the time we had all skied our little hearts out, the Southerly was starting to come over and it was a quick dash pack up back into the boat for a very eventful bumpy ride back to Sailor’s Cutting to which we all got nicely wet again from the waves.

To top it off, hilarity continued when the car tried to drive off leaving me 1/2 un-wetsuited/togged hoping on one foot as I was doing a quick change beside the car!  They were as surprised as I was to hear me let out a yelp as I discovered my ‘cover’ was about to be blown with me hopping alongside the car trying as best as I could to cover up.

Followed by me 3 minutes later coming out of the bathroom and attempt to get into the completely wrong car, step in and get 1/2 into the seat before laughed my head off realising my mistake (they had moved further up) and amusing these unsuspecting fellow boaties wondering who their new bedraggled passenger was.
I’ll give myself some credit that the car was very-very similar and also had a boat attached on the back.  I got back to my car to all 4 other occupants giggling their little heads off 😉

If you’re not sure what Single Ski / Slalom Skiing is, have a lookie here at Thomas Degasperi (2 x World Slalom Champion) doing his thing, pause it at 52 seconds…yeah that’s pretty much where Miss 14 wants to be (& the rest of us) :-)

4. Χ Walk up Mt Iron, Wanaka…

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … Was disappointed we didn’t get to tick this one off.  Going to transfer our future jaunt up Mt Iron to our 2014/15 list as I know that the views from there are spectacular and it’s only meant to take about 1 1/2 hours.

5.  Water – Drink out of the natural spring in Wanaka

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … I knew about the Natural Spring and knew vaguely where it was, but oddly had never been there.  The spring comes out just down on Lakeside Drive between the Playground and the Boat Ramp, on the downhill lakeside.
We tracked it down and they have now made it into a Wanaka feature with beautiful slate stone and paving and easy to get to.  When it’s hot, the kids (& you) can have a wee splash around in the bottom pool.
Not only did the water taste great it was SOOO cold!  So after our long bike ride and nearly empty drink bottles, it was perfect timing.

Tip from Sept 2014 visit:
Cross the road opposite and have a look at where it naturally comes out of the bank and if you venture up through the wee gate and you will find fishes swimming in a wee pond (some really huge ones too).

Wanaka Natural Spring Water

6. √ Late night swim in the lake

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Kinda … It has been a stinking hot day and it was still a really warm evening.  The sun had gone down and it was getting dark…but maybe it wasn’t exactly ‘late night’.

7. Χ Water Ski Jump Start / Beach Start

FREE if you already have access to the Boat, Gear & Petrol
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Wellington Chic:
Tried … I was fortunate to have grown up with Water skiing almost in our blood.  Our family holidays revolved almost solely around Water skiing and finding the ‘best water’ which all of us kids were more than happy with as we loved it!

Jump Starting was the ‘cool’ thing in the 80’s & what my parents, siblings, cousins, friends and I always did.  What everyone always strived for to have a spectacular jump start and epic ski and master the art of coming in without even getting your hair wet! 😉

I ski as much as I can, but haven’t bothered to Jump Start for over 15 years…You get a little rusty and as you might only get to ski a couple of times a year, I would take the lazy route and just deep water start and drop one.

So this Summer it was my aim to get back into Jump Starting!

I tried & tried & tried to Re-Master the art of the Jump Start again…but alas no!

I think I get at least a point for trying so hard, as one day I had about 23 goes, but sadly this item is not ticked off this year and will be added to the 2014 STBL (but I did get some epic Skiing done, so I’m still super happy and I’m stoked I gave it a good go :-))

Miss 14:
No … progressed hugely this year, see No. 3 & No. 10 but not yet to the Jump Start.  That’s also on her 2014 STBL.

NB: I listed this one as Free, but may cost you Doctors and Physio bills after you wrench your arms out 😉

Here is a picture of me Face Planting it yet again and is probably about try number 21 in the stunning aqua waters of Twizel.

Water Ski Jump Start

Face Planting the Water Ski Jump Start

Here a link to a video of how a Jump Start it is ‘meant’ to look kinda, although this one is off a Jetty, we stand in the water up to our calf/knee.

8. Χ Play Tennis

FREE – If you already have the gear and use a free court
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … not this year.
We really like Tennis, we are not very good at it (even though I did 2 years of tennis lessons from age 14), but we have loads of fun.
My only suggestion for Tennis playing harmony, choose a court that doesn’t have tonnes along side it.  You know, just one court, with 1 really-really high fence all the way round it, so that you not having to run the length of 4 other courts to retrieve way-ward balls every 2 minutes.
You can find Tennis Courts to use at local Schools or you can pop up to the likes of Wanaka Tennis Inc. who have fantastic courts up there on Upton Street.  Court hire $20.00 per hour or $6.00 per person for non-members.

9. √ Go Stand Up Paddleboarding again..

$20 per person, per 1 hour
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Loved it as much as we did last year.  You can read about it here when I wrote about it last, as we loved it alot!
This year we managed to get out x2 times while we were there.  Miss 14 managed to get to go Sup’ing a 3rd time too.
It’s so fun as it can be as relaxing as you want, as energetic as you want or as fun as you want if you want to have races and play around.  It’s also so very easy to learn.

You can find Wanaka Kayaks where we hire the SUP’s from on the Lakeside all Summer long.


10. √ Try Wakeboarding for the 1st time

FREE if you already have access to the Boat, Gear & Petrol
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Whoop whoop, this was so exiting a new water sport to conquer.

Miss 14 did amazingly, getting up her VERY first time and staying on for a full loop.  Much cheering, clapping and hooting and hollering!  She as stoked!

I on the other hand face planted dozens of times and my record was all of about 8 seconds.  But I am still super happy with that as I stood up – I’ll take it.

Has now been added to 2014 Summer Time Bucket List “Stay up on the Wakeboard for longer than 8 seconds”.

Wakeboarding FacePlant

This is me swimming with the fish’s after yet another Wake Board Faceplant!

11. √ Bike the track round Lake Wanaka

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … We bike many times over the Summer, but did one big epic ride as far as our legs and lungs would take us from the Beacon Pt side to as far round as we could muster on the Glendu Bay side and then sat and ate Belgium biscuits as you do of course!

If you don’t have a bike already you can hire them from many places around Wanaka. We have used many times in the past Lakeland Adventures which is in the Log Cabin on the Foreshore.  Priced from $15 per hour.



12. Χ Sleep under the stars…

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … Just didn’t happen this year.

On one hand a little gutted, as it’s always such a thing to look forward to.

But on the other hand…Early morning dew…Hedgehogs…Possums…Rain…Thunder Storms…

Maybe we just need to stay somewhere with a retractable roof that has a rain sensor and we would have the best of both worlds!

Added again to 2014 STBL.

13. Χ Roast Marshmallows & make Smores

FREE – Except Marshmallows and Biscuit supplies
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … Somehow that just didn’t happen either.

We weren’t camping in places that accept open fires which is one of the limiting factors.  But we still missed out on all of this deliciousness.  If we can’t find a suitable place to have an open fire, then we need to find a place we can safely have a brazier or something.

Added to 2014 STBL.

Toasting Marshmallows - School Camp

14. √ Make Shadow puppets on the roof of the Awning

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … even if it was just by myself one night.

The Bunny, the Dove, the Dinosaur…the peace sign…the OK sign and finally the thumbs up.  I should probably enter a competition or something 😉

15. Χ Introduce Miss 14 to ‘Damper’

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Ahhhhh…..damper an unleavened bread made of flour and water baked in an open fire and smothered with melted Butter and Raspberry jam. Nom Nom.

Kinda for the same reasons as the Smores, not so easy to do it.  But this has also been added to 2014 STBL.

KidSpot have got Recipe for Damper over here that we will use when we make it.

16. √ Play Spotlight…

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … We were super fortunate to run into in the same camping ground “Old Family Friends grown up daughter who now has a family of her own” that we didn’t know was going to be there.

They have a daughter the same age as Miss 14 and they quickly became great Summer Holiday friends.  So Miss 14 played Spotlight many times with their little gang of siblings.

17. Χ Tyre tube down River

FREE – If you already have the tubes, Lifejackets
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … We did this many many years ago in Glenrock Station, way up in the South Island High Country on the Rakaia river sort of near Lake Coleridge.  It was so so so much fun and definitely got the adrenalin pumping.

But didn’t happen this year.  Added to 2014 STBL.

NB: Tyre tube on the River at own risk.  Plan very carefully.  Don’t tube on a swollen river.  Have a good walk up and down the river first and check it all out. Watch for fallen trees, submerged logs and currents.  Have multiple spotters and pick up people on the shore for you.  Know where you are going to get out.  Get your spotters to put something big and colourful on the river side so you can see it in advance, as the river looks different once your in it.  Ensure you are not going to end up in the sea!

Wear Wetsuit, Lifejacket and Water Shoes as they are a must for helping you get grip to get out and not knock those toes on the rocks.  Have a plan C for if you still over shoot your pick up points.  Lots to plan, but it is fun.

18. Χ Teach my nephew to say my name 😉

(Wellington Chic)

Tried … But nope he wasn’t quite there yet.  But I did teach him to stack his Stacker toy from bottom to top perfectly everytime (even when everyone else thought he was too young to get that yet).

That’s my nephew, super intelligent :-)

Jump to Sept 2014, he can say my name now, whoop-whoop.

19. √ Don’t get sunburnt

FREE – except for the cost of good Sunscreen
(Wellington Chic)

Yes … I try hard to be really careful in the sun, but usually at least once a year I get caught out somewhere (bad) – but this year success.  I slathered on loads of sunscreen, covered my shoulders alot and found plenty of shade.  Tanned but not burnt.

I got to try out the Oasis Beauty Oasis Sun SPF30 sunscreen this year and it’s kinda fabulous! It has 94% natural ingredients, so great for all sorts of sensitive skins and little ones :-)

I just read on their Facebook page this week that Hardy’s Health Stores are offering “Bring in your old sunscreen and get $10 off an Oasis Sun 250ml”, now that’s pretty cool.


20. √ Rodeo – Go to our first Rodeo

$20 Adult, $5 under 16, Family Concession $40.  
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Can’t believe I’m 30 something and had never been to a Rodeo!

This year the timing (& weather) worked and it saw us head off to the Wanaka Rodeo and it was actually really cool.

The 2015 Wanaka Rodeo is set for the 2nd January 2015.  Hope to get there again this year if we are in town.

Tip: Take Blanket to sit on and if you need chairs, take LOW ones.  Take extra money for the fab food they have there and the Carni games :-)

Wanaka Rodeo


21. √ Raft – Swim out to raft on Lake Wanaka foreshore

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Many many many times.  It never gets old.  See No. 1.

My Tips are: Take a Boogie Board or something to float on.  Even if you don’t have to use it.  It’s always amazing how far out it is.  The one we swam out to in Kaiterteri a few years ago was miles out and way longer than even I anticipated.
In my mind Kids have to wear a Lifejacket & Teenagers have to either be proven strong swimmers or have a Boogie Board attached to their ankle each.  Kids & Teenagers always think it’s going to be a piece of cake and are annoyed that I’m taking a flotation device with us.
But many-many-many of these kids and one teen once have been very thankful to hold on to this Boogie Board part way out there.

22. √ Eat Gelato at least 3 times a week

$$$$Can’t recall the prices, but best food money we spent
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Wanaka has the BEST Gelato shop in the land.

Mr Black Peak Gelato man in Wanaka changes the flavors up everyday so it’s always exciting to see what is on offer. They have super friendly staff, beautifully clean premises, are right opposite the lake and are open until LATE most nights in Summer.

Always leave room for Gelato!

My favourite Gelato combination is Pavlova and Peanut Butter!  Yeah I know, crazy aye!

Black Peak Gelato work out of their Ardmore Street store (just look out for the pink bike) and also sometimes out of their ‘Icecream’ van.

Black Peak Gelato

23. √ Pot – Look for the ‘pot’ every night in the stars

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … When your camping this is one of my simplest, but favourite things to do late at night.

On our last wander to the bathroom before sleep, I would always always look up at the stars and seek out the Pot…and the Southern Cross…and the…actually they are the only ones I know!

I really must learn some more about our Night Sky*.  Maybe we need to add to our 2014 STBL a trip to the Earth & Sky Planetarium in the stunning location of Lake Tekapo.

I’ve just been reading that Aoraki Mackenzie is not only the World’s biggest, but the Southern Hemisphere’s first ever Dark Sky Reserve because of it’s very nearly light-pollution free skies.
Translation: It’s real dark there and you see LOADS and loads more stars than anywhere else – wooohooo!

Yip, it’s sorted, we need to go.  Added to 2014 STBL :-).

24. √ Skim stones

(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … Any chance we got.
Such a simple pass time, but so fun.  We found the best skimming stones on our Bike Ride on the Glendhu bay side.

As kids, my Mom would be worried that we would knock someone out when we skimmed stones, so she would ensure we all lined up in line with each other first before we started.

It annoyed us greatly when we were kids, as we just wanted to get on with the skimming already, but she saved us all getting concussion from a reckless throw from one of the cousins from left field.

Skimming Stones

25. √ Movie – Discover the wonder of Cinema Paradiso

Adults $15.00, Youth $9.50
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … We had heard about Cinema Paradiso for soooo many years from many people, but had never been.
Wow, I’m so glad I finally did as I seriously love it there.

A very friendly comforting place where the walls are lined with both old and new movie posters that we spent nearly an hour perusing.  I just got lost in the memory of all those movies, where I had seen it and who with ;-).

Comfy old Seats make up the rows within the theatre and a Morris Minor Car sits pride of place in the theatre (that you can sit in) and it’s bumper pokes out through the wall to the other side.

We watched the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty* starring Ben Stiller, which we didn’t really know much about going into it, but we both really quite liked it’s quirkyness.  So pretty cool that both a 30 something and a 13 y/o both liked it.

Cinema Paradiso still offer an ‘Interval’ part way through the film where you can stretch your legs, stock up on more food / drink as you have usually eaten it all by then or you are pleased to use the toilet as you have drunk all your drink.  This place is great for a rainy day, when you have had enough sun and want to get out of it for a while or just unwind.

Know for next time:
What I didn’t know about Cinema Paradiso was that they make and sell famous / delectable Hot Fresh Cookies.  I was in-sainly jealous of the aroma that was wafting through the cinema after the interval and will not miss out next time!

Cinema Paradiso

26. √ Puzzling World – Get lost in the maze

Adult $17.50, Child $12, Family Pass $59
Prices are a combo, for both The Great Maze and The Illusion Room
Puzzles on table FREE if you are eating at the Cafe.
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … We try to get to Puzzling World every year as we are always finding things we didn’t see last time.

No matter how many years we go, it doesn’t help us to complete the maze any faster though.  This year we attempted to do the Maze the ‘correct’ way finding all the towers in the correct order, this made it even harder for us.

We were in scorching heat this year but were delighted to find the little dead end corner that has a tiny spray system built into it to mist you with cold water to cool you off.

After coming out of the Illusion Rooms which always are a delight, we can spend hours upon hours playing with the 100’s of puzzles on the Cafe tables afterwards.  A great  activity for the young, old and in between and all season round.

Puzzling World

27. Soak in the Hot Pools at Tekapo Springs

$22 Adult, $13 Child
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … It was a seriously impromptu trip as I didn’t think it was going to happen this holiday.  We were staying in Twizel and it was already late-ish.  We floated the idea, looked at the clock and figured it was worth it even for a quick dip.  It’s about 58km away and about 40min drive.  By the time we got there, changed and in, we would still have an hour to soak.

We head off for Tekapo Springs stopping for a Pie from the Service Station for dinner on the way (yup, all class, but needs must).
As soon as we eased our way into the first pool, we knew the quick dash was 150% worth it.

If you haven’t seen Tekapo at Sunset either you are in for treat. Sitting in the Hot Pools looking out over the Basin, the sun has dipped down behind the hills, but is still hitting the hills on the other side of the basin and has bathed it in this unique warm golden, brown hue that is like something out of a photo.  But here you are in this reality in this magical place.

Soak, wallow, turn over, push yourself along to another section, soak, wallow, lift your feet up, sit in front of this jet, soak, wallow, now try this one…yup, that’s the Hot Springs shuffle!

After a while, we get a little distracted and end up trying to dunk each other and then I need to get out and Pee!  What is it with Pools and making me need to Pee even if I’ve just been!  Anyone else?

But then a cold dash back into the Pool to soak some more.  They are open right up until 9pm, so a great after dinner treat.

This was a brilliant idea.

Tekapo Springs Hot Pools

28. Χ Race down the Queenstown Luge 

$53 Adult, $44 Child includes ride up Gondola or you can buy other combo’s
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … Last year we excitedly ticked this of our 2012/13 STBL and had such a blast with a large group of cousins to race down the Skyline Luge Queenstown track with.  Even in the misty rain all you could hear were laughing and squeels of delight as we shot out of the gate and into the first turns.

But alas, we did not get back there this year.  The pricing may seem steep, but it also includes your ride up the Gondola which is normally $30A, $19C on it’s own. You can spend as much time as you like up at the Gondola, perusing the view and watching all the goings on up there.

We would love to go back again this coming 2014/15 Summer.

29. Have a beer at the Cadrona Hotel, Wanaka

$Just the cost of your Beer or Cider or hot chocolate or Spider + you will probably be tempted by watching other people’s food come out
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Yes … If someone asked me ‘Why do we like the Cadrona Hotel so much, as it’s old, little and way out of town’…I don’t quite know how to answer…except “We just do”.

It makes me smile everytime we drive past it, maybe it’s just the familiarity of that. When you walk in side you are enveloped with a great sense of warmth and acceptance.  It almost wouldn’t matter if you were in your beach gear, your Snow Skiing gear, your Swanni off the Farm or a Space Suit, come on in, take a load off and have a beer.  So we do.

On a beautiful day, there is nothing better than heading out the back to the massive beer garden scattered with wooden benches, fire pits and unique old paraphernalia.  We just sit, spin yarns and chill.

I have been fortunate to have visited many times in Winter too including just recently in September and it’s completely different experience, but the same all enveloping feeling when you walk in to warm your hands and toes by the fire.

It will be on our Summer Time Bucket List every year that we venture to Wanaka :-)

Cardona Hotel Wanaka

30. Χ Paddleboard in Wellington harbour

$25 per person, per 1 hour
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … fully intended to and we planned to many times, but it just didn’t work out this year.

Fergs Kayaks on the Wellington waterfront offers not just SUP hire, but also a wide range of other water sports to be able to enjoy our harbour from.

Been thinking this would be a great way to celebrate the last day of term/school year that’s coming up!

31. √ Go Fishing in Wellington harbour

FREE – if you have the gear
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

Kinda … We didn’t actually tick this off in Summer, but we did just a few weeks ago tick it off.

We head down to the area where the new and completely fabulous Apartments are at Clyde Wharf Quay.  I have loved this area ever since I first moved to Wellington some 17 ish years ago!

They have a great new Fishing platform right out the end of the wharf that’s tucked down off the top, so not quite as windy and has tapped water, lights and even a bait cutting chopping platform.  Great location.

When it comes to Fishing, we really know nothing and keep it really simple.  We own just 2x Hand Reels that we bought from The Warehouse a good 10 years ago and they are still going strong.  This time we had borrowed a rod also, but I kinda still liked chopping a changing back to the Hand Reels.

We had tonnes and tonnes of bites, but in the end only caught one tiny-tiny we fishy, like about 15cm long, so back in he went.

But what we did see more excitingly was about 8 Penguins swim, frolic and taunt us in the water.  They were seriously cute and such a delight to see.  I never knew they would be in such a populated area, so it was awesome to see them.

Fishing in Wellington Harbour

32. Χ Go Camping in Wellington

$$$ See below
(Wellington Chic & Miss 14)

No … Didn’t quite happen this year.  Nearly all of our camping gets done in the South Island, bar School Camps and Church Camps up here.

So we fully intended to at least have a night/weekend of camping somewhere in Wellington.  These were some of the places we were looking at heading.  We have been to all of them before at some point and all have their unique features.

Kaitoke Regional Park – Upper Hutt
$6 Adult, $3 Child Camp Site

We have been out here for Swimming in the River, Day trips and also for me to be in Wedding Photo’s once as a Bridesmaid for an amazing old friend of mine.  It’s gorgeous out there, and has some basic facilities making it any easy weekend getaway and is incredibly low priced also.

El Rancho – Waikane
$28-$34 Camp Site

Ahhh, El Rancho you are a unique gem.  With extra things for the kids to do, a Pool and the beach nearby.  We had our Church Camp here a few years back and really loved our time there.  You must check out the Water Slide!

Otaki Forks – Schoolhouse Flat – Otaki
$6 Adult, $3 Child Camp Site

I always thought Forks was such a weird name growing up!  We ventured here for a short one night Leadership camp for School in Year 8 and I was asked to be Parent help on.  Even though it was only short and sweet it was a great place for a short camp.  Lots of space to spread out and do activities, the river just nearby for swimming and a fabulous crop of wild Boysenberries to pick from.

I wouldn’t camp here by ourselves as its too quiet, but in a group of others it would be awesome.

Castlepoint – Wairarapa
$36 for 2x Adults Camp Site

Each time I have been to Castlepoint I have discovered something new.  I have great memories from here being a School Camp Parent multiple times here in the past.

It’s also where I got to learn how to surf for the first time (well to balance for 5 seconds).  Each time we have been we have stayed at camps further away from here, but I’m looking forward to one day be able to camp in this one by the beach and in it’s centre.

Learning to Surf - School Camp


Add all of the above added to Sleeping in lots, hanging out with our Family & friends, Playing with the nieces and nephews and cousins, lots of Eating (all the time), playing Cards (Speed) Bananagram and Heads Up, doing Dishes (all the time), Walking all over the place, going to the Supermarket (all the time – we spend tonnes of time in that supermarket and in Summertime Queues, but they have got clever and now offer Free Wifi, so I can check the news, download emails if I reallllllly want to while leaning on my trolley making new ‘line friends’), spend lots of time People watching, Making new friends, finding new Markets and Fairs, oogling at both new houses and the gorgeous older ones House, Caravan moving, Storm repairing and Flood cleanup’ing led to an absolutely amazing Summer.

So we did pretty good 21/32 things ticked off!

So-so many amazing experiences in that and awesome Summer Memories as well as Mother – Daughter memories.

Can’t wait for Summer 2014/15 and we have been slowing putting things on our Summer Time Bucket List for these Holidays.

Do you have a Summer Time Bucket List?

Even if your staying at home in your own city, you can still make one and fill it with things big and small and there are loads of things to put on it even in your own backyard.

Would love to see yours if you have one, so please post your link in the comments.

Have we inspired your to add any of the above to your list this year?

Any suggestions of what we should add to this years list?


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The South Island sure does have my heart

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Wanaka Welcome, New Zealand

Being a South Island girl originally, the South Island sure does have my heart (more blogs coming about that part too).

I love Wellington, I love living here and all the great things we get to do and as you know I blog happily about it right here :-)

But I was born and raised in the South Island in various parts, most of my family and my long-term friends live there too.
So Miss 13 and I love-love-love getting back down there anytime we can.

The Christmas Holidays allowed us both to do just that, so we have just spent the last A-Mazing MONTH (yes, I know a month!) soaking up all it had to offer.

I had the first couple of days in Christchurch catching up with family there and then Miss 13 flew down and we head straight to one of our hands down most favourite parts of the South Island…


Have you been to Wanaka?  If not put it on your ‘Must travel’ list now!

Wanaka is hands down my most favourite place in New Zealand and we have been fortunate to have been going there for years.  We’ve spent many a Summer or Winter there and just can’t seem to get enough of it and we have family there too.

We have just spent 3 weeks there over Christmas and I was in my element!!!

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