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Chhori’s first overseas trip

We are off to Auckland, New Zealand tomorrow and I am really excited for Chhori as it is her first overseas trip. I know it is not very far away but 3 hours flight to another country where you need a passport to enter will be another milestone to celebrate for Chhori.

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Auckland, New Zealand

We are going with my parents and it will be their first time to New Zealand as well. Me and AS are going to be the guides for this trip as we have been to NZ multiple times.

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We (AS and I) love New Zealand as it reminds us so much of Nepal and it is definitely one of our favourite destinations. If you remember, we went to New Zealand on my babymoon too so technically Chhori has been there when she was still in my tummy 🙂

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For last few days Chhori has flu and mild fever but it seems to be getting better. I hope she will be 100% when we head to the airport tomorrow.

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We have done most of the packing and are eagerly waiting for our adventures.

We will be there for a week and have planned most of the days on what to do and where to go.

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I will definitely blog about the trip once we are back.

Till I see you again, have a great day and see you soon.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Tips on baby friendly holidays please

I am sure you all know by now that I love travelling and going to new places. The last time, we had a holiday was our babymoon to New Zealand.

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So it has been more than a year since my feet touched a new place so it is definitely itching. But the big problem now is I have no clue about holidaying with a baby.

We definitely want to go spread our wings with Chhori but we are so new to this that we are a bit scared. I don’t know what kind of holiday I need to research. There are so many questions in my mind. Beach, mountains or something else? Is she too young? Should we wait? Will she be bored or annoyed if we fly? What do you do when you travel with a year-old baby?

While I was pregnant, I was thinking that we will do what suits us and the baby will adapt but looking at Chhori now I don’t want her to be uncomfortable in any way thus all these questions in my mind. She is the most important person in my life right now and I will never forgive myself if I put her through a difficult situation.

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Anyone who has travelled with a small baby, please do share your tips. We definitely need a holiday but we are so clueless.

Hope to book something soon and slowly adapt to our new life as parents and travellers  🙂

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our trip to New Zealand : Milford Sound

While we were in New Zealand, we went to Milford Sound for a day trip.

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Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination and called the eighth Wonder of the World.

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One of the world’s most beautiful fjords, Milford Sound also holds the dubious honour of being the wettest place in New Zealand. On average, there are 186 days each year when rain falls, dumping almost seven metres of the stuff on anyone unlucky enough to time their visit badly. Although there is less rain during the winter months, there are still sixteen days a month of wet weather in any season. I’d read that the high rainfall totals led to spectacular waterfalls, and, when windy, dramatic updrafts of water.

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Milford Sound is more than 3 hours away from Queenstown so we decided to book a tour rather than drive there on our own. It was an exciting journey for us with beautiful scenery ending with an amazing cruise.

Milford Sound (13)The coach that we were on was perfectly suited for sightseeing in a place as dramatic as the Milford Road, with clear glass windows and roof. The bus stopped every once in a while so we could all take every picture possible on the way.

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Our first stop was Te Anau, which is a lovely little village sitting on the edge of Lake Te Anau. At Te Anau we met up with the famous Milford Road, one of the great drives in the world. It’s quite a long lake, whose coast we followed for a while.

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The next stop was Mirror Lakes, to take some great photos of the reflections of the mountains in the lake and we were very lucky that the water was so calm.

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Our cameras were on constant work during the whole trip as all the places we saw were so beautiful that we wanted to capture every one of them.

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Then, we stopped at the Chasm walk next which took us into the woods to a couple of bridges where we saw waterfalls that had done amazing things to the rocks around them—gouging holes and depositing tree trunks in holes in the rocks 20 ft. above the current flow.

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We had a few other stops before we reached Milford Sound.

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The road is quite challenging and I was glad we decided to get the tour rather than drive ourselves. We headed through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2 km long tunnel linking Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown, by piercing the Darran Mountain range at the Homer Saddle. You could tell it was dug by hand because there were pick marks on the side walls and on the roadway. It was pitch black inside the tunnel and a very different experience. Once we were out on other side, it was downhill with a windy zig zag road that takes you down to Milford Sound.

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Finally, we reached Milford Sound and it was just beautiful and breathtaking. We had a boat waiting or us for the cruise. Arriving at Milford Sound’s boat dock, the sky was a deep blue and we took the opportunity to capture some amazing shots.

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As soon as we boarded, we ate lunch as both of were starving. The sandwich and coffee tasted better with the spectacular view and a hungry tummy 🙂

The cruise started and the pilot informed us about the place and its history. We saw some seals sunning themselves on a rocky outcrop and some beautiful waterfalls along the way.

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A couple of times the pilot ran the boat up very close to a waterfall, so those on the bow got sprayed and AS managed to get some really nice photos.

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After almost 2 hours, our tour wound down and, we got on the bus and headed back to Queenstown happy with how our day went. It was an amazing day with some great memories for life.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our trip to New Zealand: Wanaka

While we were in New Zealand, we rented a car and decided to go for a drive. Our first stop was Wanaka.

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Wanaka is a town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, adjacent to the outflow of the lake to the Clutha River. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Wanaka is just over an hour’s drive from Queenstown and it’s simply stunning. Driving over the hills on he winding mountain route – Crown Range Road – via Cardrona will take you on the steepest gradient on a highway in NZ. It was really scary as the road was zigzag and you could not see anything coming from the other side. I think I would not have gone that way if I had known that the road was so dangerous because to drive on that road , not only do you need to drive carefully but you pray that anyone coming from the other side is awake and careful as well.

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But the drive was worth the trouble as on the top of the hills, we saw snow. We parked the car and it was really windy but we still managed to walk for a while and enjoy the place before running back to the car.

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After that we drove by some beautiful small farms and ended up on the shores of Lake Wanaka at a lakeside cafe and just sat and enjoyed the view.

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Lake Wanaka is not as deep as Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown so it is possible to swim in it during summer without freezing your bits off. There are a number of ways to enjoy the lake with a host of kayaking and boating options available. We just decided to walk around and enjoy the place though before deciding to go for lunch.

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We were not sure what to eat and finally found a nice Korean place where we enjoyed noodle soup and stir-fried chicken.

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After lunch we drove to The Anzac Memorial Cenotaph which is a very short quick drive from town.

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From here we saw the marvellous view beyond the town and straight down the lake.

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We spent some time there and made our way to the Puzzling World.

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Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is a tourist attraction near Wanaka, New Zealand. It started out as just a single level maze in 1973, but over the years expanded to add overbridges to the maze design (thus creating the world’s first 3-D maze), a large “puzzling café” where guests can try out several puzzles, five large rooms of optical illusions, the Leaning Tower of Wanaka (which has a backwards clock that was started on the eve of the new millennium) and other attractions (such as the Roman Bathrooms) that ascribe to their theme of “puzzling eccentricity”.

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We took some fun photos there. From there we drove to Cromwell, more on it in next post.

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Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our Trip to New Zealand : Arrowtown

One of the days while we were in New Zealand, we went to a small town near Queenstown called Arrowtown.

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From http://www.newzealand.com/au/arrowtown/:

Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites. One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. The town was established in 1862, during the height of the Otago gold rush. People from all over the world, mainly Europe and China flocked to this town to claim their fortune. The settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches, more than 60 of which can still be seen today. “

It was a beautiful drive from Queenstown to Arrowtown, a lot quieter than Queenstown and I personally found it a lot more relaxing.arrowtown (16)

Once we got there, we parked and went for a walk along the river.

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Arrowtown has many easy hikes or walks you can do. We decided to hike the track called Tobin’s track. It is an easy uphill hike, which takes about 1 hour to get to the top. But once up there, you really get unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the surrounding mountains. From here, we could also see Lake Wakatipu from a distance. We met a few people running or jogging there as well as few tourist who were there just to enjoy the town.

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There is also a fantastic path from Arrowtown to Kawarau Bridge (the home of the Bungy Jump) that follows the Arrow River.

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After the walk, we headed back down to the town. We went to the town centre where they had boutique style shops, an old sweet shop, a hotel that could pass as someone’s house and lots of historic character. It felt like we went back in town time.

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History has been preserved here in a way that you can actually reach out and touch. At the information centre, you can grab a pan and search for gold the exact same way people did it more than a hundred years ago, or walk amidst the restored original buildings and explore the Chinese part of the settlement.

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The town was really pretty and I could have sat there forever with the beautiful mountains in the background with snow on top, it was paradise.arrowtown (2)

On our way back to Queenstown from Arrowtown we drove through many beautiful green farms where sheep, cow and horse were roaming freely. That is the best part of New Zealand, beautiful landscape, greenery and easy drive everywhere.

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Overall, we had a great day and the weather was on our side with the sun shining in the blue-sky the whole day.

More from New Zealand soon.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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