We were lucky enough to jump on a couple of planes recently and head across the sea to New Zealand where my sister and brother-in-law have been living for 18 months. I’d never been to NZ so was super excited to see what all the fuss was about… I wasn’t super excited about travelling with two toddlers, but it was better than expected and we’re still here to tell the tale!
Anyway, we stayed north of Auckland in a town called Mangawhai Heads… it’s pretty much like the South Coast but greener and with an awesome deli that makes sandwiches to die for.
It was a really great holiday and suited us perfectly seeing as we’re not big on having an itinerary to schedule of any kind. NZ is totally kid friendly too, with many food establishments having toys and a welcoming attitude towards the young customers… oh, and a babyccino is called a ‘fluffy’ over there!
It did make me realise how much harder travelling is with kids. When we only had one, it was a dream, but man, two of them is just a whole different ball game. Luckily, the people travelling around us were generally nice, although there was one girl who gave us withering looks and huffed and puffed every time a kid breathed (we were seated near other toddlers, so it was kind of noisy). I just hope someday if she has kids, she realises what an arse she was being!
The airport highlight was when Delphi decided to start walking during our stopover in Sydney. Three hours of back and forth between the chair and the window, holding her shirt saying, “walking, walking, walking”… kind of hilarious really!
In conclusion, great holiday!