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Free in New Zealand for Families

New Zealand is known as a beautiful country with an opportunity to a number of extreme sports that can get pricy. Sure, flights to NZ cost, for us it is almost as remote as remote can get: the shortest flight connection one can get from Helsinki to Auckland takes 27 hours with a 3 hour transfer […]

Birds in New Zealand

Did you know that there were no mammals in New Zealand before the humans arrived there some 900 years ago (well except for some that can swim like seals)? Hard to believe with all the farm animals around! But there are plenty of birds that do not exist anywhere else in the world, and many […]

Free in Taupo

There is sooo much to do in Taupo, obviously one can watch jet boats (which we did in Queenstow) or bungy jumps, the “normal extreme stuff” that looks pretty cool. There is a cafe next to the bungy jumping platform but as it seemed to rain the whole day, we didn’t expect anyone to jump […]

Rainy Day in Taupo

When we are in New Zealand, we mostly, at some point, drive through Taupo: it is on the way, there is family, it is beautiful and there is plenty to do. This time we were about to hit there on a rainy day but to my delight there would have been a few good options […]

Sea Pasta

In Kaikoura we crossed “a water labyrinth” to see some seals. Our kids loved jumping over the water bits and finding the shells that where everywhere. We found ONE seal, where there usually is a colony. But our kids were not disappointed. Seals aren’t nearly as interesting as a water labyrinth that ends with “sea […]

Churches in Christchurch

I’m sure everyone heard about the destruction the earthquake caused in Christchurch four years ago. I was still shocked to see how bad the effect from it and it’s after shocks were. One can still see what a beautiful city it has been but the city centre still has loads of doomed houses and is […]

Burke ‘s Pass

15-20 minutes drive from Fairlie there is place worth stopping in (or driving to in order to give a child a little nap…): Burke’s Pass. Nowadays they sell outdoor furniture, crafts or old style items. They also have the coolest kiosk selling coffee!

Mt Cook

With 4-5 year old children and too little time we didn’t go tramping, not really, but even for our lot there were a couple of easy walking options close to the highest peak of NZ. Those we could do in 0,5-1 hour to give us a taste for it. We were about to only walk […]

Gliders in Omarama

Omarama is a tiny place about 1-1,5hours drive towards Christchurch from Wanaka. Accommodation is a about half the price compared to beautiful and famous Wanaka. No wonder, as there is almost nothing there: There little village has grown there due to the unusually great conditions for gliders. But watching the gliders and getting very close […]

Jet Boat watching in Queenstown

Superbly jet lagged and tired after a way too long trip to the southern hemispere watching jet boats in a beautiful setting was a great way to spend an afternoon together with beloved friends. The sand and rocks kept the kids busy between the jet boats, and gave adults time to catch up. The cafe […]


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