ENG: Our three musketeers story- yesterday was such a lovely evening! We spend it driving motorboat in the river, riding wakeboard and swimming. After sunset we went to our friends and had picnic in outside (millions stars hotel). And at around 1:30 drove back to our home with boat, and baby Everest was with us!
Some may think that it’s terrible to have baby outdoors in such late night, some may though that we should stay at home or leave him to babysitters. But the truth is- we don’t have many options to babysit our angel and from the very beginning we made our choice- to to everything together, even if it means sleeping in mommy’s hands into motorboat in the middle of the night! 🌜🌸
LV: Mūsu trijotnes stāsts - vakar brīnišķīgi pavadijām vakaru uz ūdens, braucām ar laivām, weikiem un peldējām. Saule norietēja, mēs vēl vizinājāmies pa ūdeni un izdomājām uztaisīt vēlās naksniņas pie draugiem. Tā nu līdz 1:30 bijām ārā, vērojot zvaigznes un M.Brieža raundus - trijatā ar draugiem. Daudziem varētu būt izbrīns, ka ar tik mazu bērniņu to var atļauties, daudziet tas būtu nosodījums, ka tik vēlu esam ārā, citiem - kāpēc neatstājām pie omēm. Bet godīgi sakot ir tā, ka mirklī, kad kļuvām par vecākiem, mēs sapratām, ka tā tagad būs - mēs trijatā visur un vienmēr, un nav tā, ka mums būtu daudz opciju pieskatīšanā, tāpēc jā, mēs arvien baudam dzīvi, baudam piedzīvojumus un daram to visi trīs, pat, ja reizēm miedziņš ir mammas klēpī laivā uz upes 🤗🌸
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What an incredible evening at @overwatchleague watching some of these young guns battle it out to make finals. For those that know me well, I’m a little bit of a geek and seeing my favourite video game played by a bunch of professionals was an awesome experience. Let alone making a tonne of awesome new friends. @phl_fusion came home with the win, but I love @bostonuprising also so it was hard to watch! What a great match and GG.
Great Ocean Road | Part 2 // The sun wasn’t quite shining for the second day of our little trip, but we still managed to fit in Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles and Gibson Steps. It’s been a fun day, but to say I’m keen for a warm shower would be an understatement!
Melbourne // It’s easy to take our beautiful city for granted until you’re standing well-above looking down on how phenomenal the positioning of our city truly is. The sweeping Yarra River, the port along the seaside and the extended concrete jungle. Our city makes sense, and our city is ever-growing and strengthening which is evident by the amount of cranes that can be seen erecting new and exciting buildings. I love my city.
Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound // Although the day was cold and dreary, and there was about eight hours of bus driving just to get there, Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park are a sight to behold. The great magnitude of the mountains formed by glaciers are nothing less than breathtaking. I’m not sure if I have ever felt so small. I do wish that the weather was a little nicer, as many mountain peaks were covered by cloud and fog, but aside from that it was a fantastic day. Fun fact: Milford is actually a fiord, not a sound. Google it.
AJ Hackett’s Nevis Bungy & Swing // As I’m now standing on solid ground I can confidently say that was one of the most incredible and exhilarating experiences of my entire life — but there’s no way I’ll get myself to that ledge ever again — it’s something you need to do once in your life just to realise how much you value it.
Wanaka // The drive through to the town of Wanaka was honestly the most beautiful and scenic that we’ve been graced with throughout the entire trip so far. I have to say that my mind is blown by the size, depth and beauty of these natural creations. If I could plonk a mansion anywhere and live in it, it might just be next to one of these lakes. Once we arrived in Wanaka, it was time for a sunset boat cruise to a nearby island to sink a few casual bevy’s and enjoy the sunset. Off to Queenstown as my last stop tomorrow!
Franz Josef Glacier // After being told that due to Cyclone Gida we wouldn’t be able to hike Franz Glacier (sad!) we were called last minute to tell us to get to the starting point as soon as possible because it’s back on! So safe to say we scurried our way there, got in gear and “got in the chopper”. We were on the glacier for around 3 hours and spent some time in very tight crevasses and a bunch of time top-side with phenomenal views of the glacier and the valley. Once we made it to the end, we were told that we would have to wait for the wind to die down, or even potentially be stuck overnight! But lucky for us, the wind died down and we had a very quick descent down from the glacier. In the next couple decades, there’s a chance that this glacier may not even exist due to climate change, so it’s an absolute highlight and something you cannot miss if you come here.
Lake Mahinapua Pub // Known as the “Poo Pub” because internationals can’t pronounce Mahinapua, this place was such a fun stop over on our way to Franz Josef. They’ve been working with Kiwi Experiences since the 90s and always host a costume party. We had to dress as something starting with the first letter of your first it last name. Safe to say I went as a Jedi. Nothing better than a cheap tablecloth as a robe.
Cape Foulwind // This is the closest point to Australia from New Zealand. It’s a fantastic 45 minute stroll along the west coast cliff side and the sun was shining for sure. At the end you can see the Seal Colony from a lookout point, and grab ice cream from a little shop. Great morning walk out.
Westport // I haven’t taken too many pictures of the town itself, but the local area and the beaches on the West Coast are phenomenal. Tonight may be our last evening of good weather before Cyclone Gida hits in the coming days. Calls for a bonfire on the beach! 🔥
Lake Rotoiti // To add one to the list of “best places in New Zealand” we dropped by Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Words can’t even explain the amazing landscape of this place, and how crystal clear the water is — that’s why I have photos — absolutely jaw-dropping. To top it all off, there are some very human-friendly ducks, swans and eels that love a good feeding!
Kaiteriteri National Park // This is a super-serene location just a few hours drive from the drop-off point in Picton. The beach here where we stayed has a squelchy kind of feeling, but don’t be worried, it isn’t mud. The locals are incredibly friendly and although the local bar “Beached Whale” closes early, it’s got a great set of live music and an awesome vibe.
Wellington // With a quick 12 hour stop over in Wellington, we’re loading up and heading to the South Island. Love how many houses are built on the hill, with a population of only 400,000 there’s a real small-town feeling here.
River Valley // Coming into River Valley you can set your sights on the Rangitikei River, it’s one of New Zealand’s longest rivers at 185 kilometres, of which we rafted 12 kilometres. The lodge itself here was very eco-friendly, used water from the river, and had some of the friendliest and most passionate staff. It’s quite off the beaten track, and has no phone reception, but if you’re looking for things to do and visit in the North Island highly consider dropping in to River Valley Lodge.
Tongariro National Park & Taranaki Falls // This is the first National Park in all of New Zealand and is an incredibly sacred land for the Maori people. There are three volcanoes in the area, one of which is the famed “Mount Doom” from Lord of the Rings. The sun came out for us today, so a two hour round hike was a beautiful experience.
Waikato River // Loved the nice stroll down Waikato River to end up at the hot pools on this very overcast and rainy day. Although most of the trip was covered in light rain, the sun came out the moment we arrived at the hot pools. It’s really something worth experiencing, 65 degree and above water flowing into the river makes a very nice temperature and it’s a super popular location for both tourists and locals alike.
Taupo // Pronounced toe-paw, this little town is home to a whole lot of tourists. It’s built on one of the few super-volcanos in the entire world. As a visitor to the North Island, this was one of the last opportunities I had to try Burger Fuel which I’d heard was a great burger — and it is. And just this morning as I post this I’ve located what I believe to be one of the best coffees and service in the area, Kefi Cafe. The vibes in Taupo are great and there are fun activities such as the “Hole In One” challenge that my mate Gav absolutely smashed as you can see in the photo. What form. I’ll be here for a full day today, then moving on to River Valley where I will have less reception (and thus fewer updates).
Te Puia Thermal Reserve // There’s no better way to warm up on a rainy day than heading to a place full of warm steam. The Te Puia reserve is a sight to behold. Just be careful not to fall in! It’s happened before, according to the guide... I’d highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Rotorua.
Tamaki Maori Village // Absolutely incredible experience being immersed in the Maori culture this afternoon. The unity between the Maori people and the Europeans is something to aspire to. There’s so much heritage and culture to learn about and see here. Highly recommended.
Hobbiton // This is obviously one of New Zealand’s top tourism drivers, so naturally a visit was not optional. The landscape consists of beautiful rolling hills, and the movie set is so well-made and convincing that I could truly imagine a race of small-people living there. This is one attraction that truly lived up to the hype!
Waitomo // As one of the top experiences on Trip Advisor, the Black Water Rafting was something not to be missed. We spent around 5 hours underground in the Waitomo Glowworm caves. Between tubing in pitch black, a 35 metre absail, a flying fox inside the cave and to climbing multiple waterfalls in incredibly confined spaces, I can not recommend this enough! Well worth the money, if you’re ever in New Zealand do not miss this!
Hahei Beach // You can’t visit Hahei beach without a quick drop-in to Cathedral Cove — apparently. This was a really sweet little beach that’s the home to the filming of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The cove is perfect for the classic tourist silhouette photo. Love it.
Hot Water Beach // The weather has been mediocre at best, but so far this trip has been just phenomenal. Meeting some awesome new people from all over the globe, checking out scolding hot water on a beach, and driving through disgustingly windy roads with some of the most beautiful New Zealand landscapes. Later today we’ll be heading into the caves in Waitomo and going “Black Water Rafting” which translated into layman’s terms is “Tubing in the dark”. Should be awesome!