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Family holiday in South Island, New Zealand

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Our elder son, Mike, and wife, Gabriella, celebrate their wedding anniversary on alternate years in Wanaka, New Zealand. From Melbourne, Australia (where they live) it is just over 3 hours flight away. For us to join them, it is a 23 hour flight . . . heigh ho. But November seemed a good year to leave the UK behind, so this year we joined them. We were keen to meet our new granddaughter, Francesca (Frankie) for the first time.

She is 8 months old, a very contented baby and absolutely adorable (Grammy thinks so anyway!)

Chiara is 3 and a half, and extremely lively and chatty, but very sweet. OH willingly obeyed her every whim – here they are at her favourite playground by Lake Wanaka.

Mike, Gabbi and Chiara on the beach by the playground.

Wanaka is a small town with magnificent snow-capped mountains all round the lake; views wherever you look.

New Zealanders are very proud of their country, and very friendly to strangers. Off on a walk by the lake, a young mother told us about a café where 6 different types of scones could be chosen, and baked while you waited. We found it and it was excellent!

This is the view from our lakeside apartment.

Apart from playgrounds (Mike with Chiara on junior zip-wire),

and scenery,

we saw masses of wild lupins . . . some yellow, and elsewhere purple and pink ones.

When I asked in a shop where I could buy seeds, the helpful assistant said “If you like gardens, there’s a lovely one nearby owned by a couple in their 90s. They’re a bit deaf, but welcome visitors to have a look.” As it’s a small town, we found it easily, and were so pleased we did.

The couple told us that trout swim up their stream from the lake to spawn.


This giant tree was in a public garden(!)

Saw this statue on one of our hill walks

Me, Frankie and Gabbi.

View of Mount Cook . . .

. . . what a spectacular place for a wonderful holiday!

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What a lovely family you have Sheila. I can now understand even better your disappointment at not being able to see them again until 2016. The grandchildren are adorable....as all grandparents know.
Super photos too. They live in a beautiful country.
Roll on 2016 xx

26 Nov, 2014

 

Wow, Sheila... that's a wonderful trip ... and so many special photos as souvenirs.

You have a lovely family ... and thanks for sharing the superb scenery and pretty gardens. xxx

26 Nov, 2014

 

Sheila, I cannot put into words how beautiful it is out there
Breathtaking scenery.
I loved meeting you and your lovely family too.

26 Nov, 2014

 

What a fabulous place - well worth the long plane journey just for the scenery, but with a family like that it must be hard to keep away! What a pleasure this blog is - thank you.

26 Nov, 2014

 

Thank you Julia, Terra, Chris and Sue for your lovely comments. Yes, we felt lucky to share their holiday: it was a perfect arrangement, and great getting to know the little girls. A very happy time :))

26 Nov, 2014

 

Incredible! Would love to go. And what a bonus finding that gorgeous garden with Trout Stream!! Imagine! What is Mike and Gabby's connection to Wanaka Sheila? Did they honeymoon there perhaps? What a beautiful place to spend a few miserable autumn months away from the UK!

26 Nov, 2014

amy
Amy
 

You've only got to look at those fab photos to see why people want to go to live there , the scenery is fantastic How wonderful to be spending time with your beautiful granddaughters Chiara & Francesca you will have some lovely memories of a fantastic holiday when you come home Sheila ,the garden is a delight and so nice of the couple to allow you to look round it .. Thanks for showing ,my cousin is moving house next week in the North Island ...

26 Nov, 2014

 

What a lovely blog beautiful family and a fabulous place to live it must have been hard to say goodbye to them .

26 Nov, 2014

 

Fabulous photos and a beautiful spot for you to meet your lovely family. Good to see you in the pictures as well. Thanks for sharing.

26 Nov, 2014

 

What lovely scenery and lovely grandchildren.
And 6 kinds of Scone?? Even better!!!

26 Nov, 2014

 

If I went on a trip 'downunder'its always New Zealand thats tempts me.......a cousin emigrated many years ago and settled easily there, its so beautiful.....as are your lovely family xxx

27 Nov, 2014

 

I' m glad you enjoyed your holiday in New Zealand . It is a wonderful country. Your grand daughter is gorgeous. My son and family lived in NZ before they went to live in Tasmania. Their youngest son Caleb was born near Auckland on a paradise island called Waiheke Island.
So your photos have bought back great memories of our visit and tour of NZ.
Marjorie

27 Nov, 2014

 

Karen, thanks - I knew you'd love it! Mike lived in Queenstown (an hour from Wanaka) for 3 years before he moved to Melbourne, so got to know the area really well.

Amy, thank you very much. Yes, one of our best holidays ever! Have you visited NZ yet?

Kidsgran - thanks. Yes, hard to say goodbye, but now we know that Chiara will know us so much better when we Skype.

Paul, thanks. Scones did feature quite highly - irresistible when they're freshly baked!

Pam - thanks so much. You must go . . there's nowhere quite like NZ.

Marjorie - thank you. Glad you have been there and seen the country; have you visited Tasmania too?

27 Nov, 2014

 

What lovely, lovely photos, Sheila - they brought tears to my eyes... You had such a lovely time, so precious. Our granddaughter is 7 months, and will be spending one day a week here when Natalie (d-i-l) returns to work in the Spring. I just know OH will be her willing slave! What a wonderful place it looks, as well, - so beautiful.

27 Nov, 2014

 

Awww thanks Susanne. Yes, the holiday was a real treat. Does your granddaughter live nearby? So much easier to take care of little ones if you're a familiar face :)

27 Nov, 2014

amy
Amy
 

We've not been yet Sheila I have cousins in N.Z also Australia my father use to go often when he was alive and always said he would have live there if he had been younger !

27 Nov, 2014

 

Beautiful Place. I could easily transplant there, lol!

27 Nov, 2014

 

Thanks Paul . . . I guess many of us wouldn't mind living there. The 'kiwis' take a great pride in their space, and keep the streets tidy and make a feature of their front gardens. They are so friendly, which makes it a very relaxing place for a holiday. Give it a go!

27 Nov, 2014

 

Ooh Sheila, how beautiful it all looks! Incredibly stunning scenery with the snow capped mountains, I can almost feel that clean cool air, it does look a really healthy place to live and bring up those gorgeous granddaughters of yours! What a lovely pic of you and baby Frankie, I don't have to leave grandchildren when I visit Jim, it must break your heart! Chiara is so big now, hasn't time flown....lovely family you have and a fabulous place for you to keep on visiting. X

27 Nov, 2014

 

I just my do that. I've visited Auckland for a couple months and the people were wonderful. thank you.

27 Nov, 2014

 

They don't live far away, Sheila, and we see quite a lot of them. I know Natalie will be bringing Lenora here frequently after Christmas. Andrew works just a mile away from here, so he'll be dropping Lenora off on his way to work on "my" days.

28 Nov, 2014

 

Thank you so much Janey. Yes, the air is incredibly clean and healthy. The family actually live in Melbourne, but this is definitely their favourite place for a holiday (this was their third), and who can blame them! I'm glad your own grandchildren aren't too far away.

That sounds good Susanne :)

28 Nov, 2014

 

Fabulous pics Sheila, your family are lovely too:-) New Zealand looks a wonderful place to visit, so beautiful, it must affect the nature of its inhabitants. Did the couple who welcomed you into their garden do the gardening still or have help? What a fantastic garden:-)

29 Nov, 2014

 

Frankie looks so angelic - almost like a little cherub and obviously very content.

29 Nov, 2014

 

ooooh that view from your window.........breathtaking, wonderful blog Sheila & fab photos. :)

30 Nov, 2014

 

Ooops sorry Klahanie - missed you, but thank you for your comment!

Thanks Ba: although we had a brief chat with the elderly couple, we didn't ask that question, but I certainly hope they have help.

You're right Paul - Frankie is a very contented baby. :)

Hi Gill! Thank you . . . yes, we were so lucky, and it was such a happy holiday, with treasured memories.

30 Nov, 2014

 

What a lovely blog this is Sheila ... grandchildren are gorgeous ... so too is the scenery! Thanks for sharing your wonderful time in NZ on GoY ... :o))

2 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you Shirley. It really was a happy holiday - so lovely to spend time with the family in gorgeous surroundings :))

2 Dec, 2014

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