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Our family trip to New Zealand

As I wrote in my post, I was excited and anxious about our trip to New Zealand. I was excited for Chhori as it was her first overseas trip but scared for myself as I didn’t know how I would handle her if she started to cry or threw tantrums in the plane.

Our flight was at 9 am so we took a cab to the airport very early. Luckily, Chhori woke up on her own around 6 am so things worked out perfectly. We had a bit of drama for the cab but we reached the airport on time and checked in and were in front of boarding gate by 7 am.

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Like last time, Chhori was walking around and saying “Hi” to everyone around us in the waiting lounge. She made friends with a few of the air hostess from Emirates. They were really nice and sweet with her and Chhori loved all the attention.

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Then it was time for the actual test: 3 hours flight with a toddler. The good news was that she was well behaved and happy the whole flight. She just ate and interacted with people most of the time. We also had a tablet ready for her just in case she got cranky but she was not interested in her rhymes for a long period.

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She would rather walk up and down the aisle. Everyone on-board were very sweet to her when she went in front of them randomly and said “Hi”.

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On our way back she even made friends with a family who had two kids around 6 and 8 years. They were happy to take her for almost an hour, so she sat on the mum’s lap playing with crayons and toys. The kids were playing with her and she was delighted to play with new people and toys. I really appreciated having such lovely people on-board our flight. So overall, Chhori was well behaved on the plane and our next big test will now be during our big trip to Malaysia and Nepal next year. Hope it will be as easy as this one.

As I and AS had been to New Zealand multiple times, this time we made sure we knew what we were doing every day in advance. We flew to Auckland and spent a few days in Hamilton and the rest of our trip in Auckland.

When we left Sydney, it was warm and sunny for winter but New Zealand was really cold and chilly. Once we landed, we hired a car and went straight to Hamilton.

Hamilton is a small beautiful city 2.5 hours from Auckland airport. By the time we reached our hotel, it was dark and was drizzling a little. We checked in and were glad to find our rooms were warm and cosy. We ordered our dinner and just rested for the evening as we planned to go to the Hamilton Zoo the next morning.

The next day, we were greeted by a beautiful sunny day and were glad there would be no rain for the rest of our time in Hamilton. Our hotel was next to a golf course so we could see greenery when we opened the window. I felt very relaxed and happy and so did AS and my parents.

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On the other hand, Chhori was too excited discovering new rooms, opening every drawer and cupboard :). It definitely made us realise how much we have done at our own place to childproof the rooms. We don’t have to worry at all to leave her on her own in our apartment but at the hotel, it was hard to be constantly making sure she didn’t hurt herself or break something.

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After breakfast, we drove towards the zoo . I was driving that morning and, it was a breeze to drive there in comparison to Sydney, no road madness and no crazy drives. It made me realise it may be a great idea to live in a small city where getting from one place to another is not a big headache.

I will write about our trip to Hamilton Zoo in my next post.

Till then take care and have a great day.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Sea World Gold coast

The main reason for our trip to Gold Coast was to visit the theme parks. When we planned our holiday we were not sure if it was the right time for it as it is was the start of winter but we were glad to discover that sunny Queensland lived up to is name and even in May, the weather was nice and sunny.

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We spent a day going to Sea World and we had a great time.

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We started the day early as we wanted to see everything in one day.

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As soon as we got there we went to watch the Fish Detective Sea Lion show. The show started at 10.15am and it was quite an entertaining show with all the tricks from the Sea Lion.

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After that we went straight to the Affinity Dolphin show where we got to learn a bit more about Dolphins and watch the amazing acrobatic performance. We really liked it and my in-laws and Chhori were happy too.

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From there it was time for some rides. Chhori enjoyed the Nickelodeon Land where there were rides for small kids so we took her on a few rides. Some she really enjoyed and others she was not very keen on.

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My in laws also enjoyed many rides including mini roller-coaster and Vikings Revenge Flume.

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The Vikings Revenge Flume was the best one for adult as it ends with a 13 meters drop with a speed of around 58 km/hr with splashes of water everywhere.

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On the Nickelodeon Land, they also had a Dora show which is called Dora’s Best Friends Adventure Show and was Chhori’s favourite show of the day. She dance and had fun with the characters on the stage.

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Throughout the day we also checked out the Polar Bears, animated Sharks and dolphins, Penguins, tropical fish, and sting rays and sharks. The interactive touch pools were good as well as we could feel the starfish and other rock pool creatures.

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The last show for the day was Jet Stunt Extreme where some of the world’s best Jet Ski competitors perform plenty of stunts and flips.

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It was a very long day and we were all tired once we finished for the day. We drove back to the hotel and rested for a while.

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Then we were off to the swimming pool and spa to wind down. I loved the holiday for various reasons – no cooking, no cleaning, no worrying, just relaxation and heaps of fun.

If you ever visit Gold Coast, make sure to visit Seat World. It is one of the best places to take kids as well.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Movie World Gold Coast

We went to Warner Bros. Movie World again the next day after the Carnivale. It had a different vibe in the morning than the night before. The theme park had attractions and rides that catered to all age groups, there is something to do for everyone.

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I had tried some extreme rides here before like Superman Escape which goes from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds, Arkham Asylum which has speeds of up to 85km, batwing Spaceshot, a rapid 4.5G vertical launch up a 60 meter tower, followed by a drop into a breathtaking negative descent – beyond freefall (you feel like there is no seat under you) the last time I was here but I had never been on the Green Lantern Coaster.

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This time we didn’t bother with extreme rides but stuck to rides at WB Kids Zone which is great to go on with kids.

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We took Chhori to Looney Tunes Carousel, Sylvester & Tweety Cages with my MIL while AS and MIL went and enjoyed Road Runner Coaster.

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By that time it was time for the street parade so we went back to Main Street to enjoy the All Star Parade featuring Movie World characters including Batman, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Bugs Bunny & friends as well as DC Superheroes and Villains.

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We also enjoyed the action-packed Hollywood Stunt Driver show which was particularly great if you love cars and stunts. It was fun with the story line and the big bang at the end.

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Overall great day for all of us.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO