The comedown from holiday was real guys. I lost a full day to jet lag. It was super rough. However I had a great time in New Zealand and though I’d do a recap of my trip over the next few weeks!
So it had been over three years since we had been back to New Zealand, and the last time was for our wedding. That trip was crazy and fun, but we did not get to see a lot of people last time, so this time we definitely wanted to see a lot of people and hang!
We flew out via Singapore, which we hadn’t done for ages, and it actually broke the trip up well, 10 hours on a plane, then 12 hours the last leg. We only spent an hour or so in Singapore on the way over, the airport is super great and later on our trip home we managed to get a bit more of a walk around, including visiting the butterfly garden!
We got into Auckland and out of customs past midnight, and our very good friends picked us up and took us straight to their place, as we were jet lagged to hell and so needed to lie horizontal. Jet lag is a bitch, but we managed to sleep quite well.
Next day we headed over to Hamilton, which is where me and Gordon met, a few hours south of Auckland. We stayed with my best friend and her boyfriend, and we had a great time catching up! I also saw a few good friends during this time also. Me and my husband took my sister out for lunch at this amazing place called the Three Birds Bistro. Hamilton is a great city, and I would love to live back there if we moved back. Its got a lot going on.
We went up to the Coromandel later on in the week, my friend’s dad has a place up there so we stayed up there and had a great time chilling out. Then we went up to Te Puru around the coast and staying in her boyfriend’s family’s caravan. We went fishing out on the boat and caught some snapper for tea and had it battered and deep fried with chips, it was so good! I hadn’t been fishing in years so it was great to relearn that skill! We had pretty much every meal on the BBQ, and talking around the fire.
After a couple of nights in the caravan, we went around to Tairua, to stay at my husband’s aunty and uncle’s place. They had just arrived back from the UK themselves! We went for a walk to the beach, watched films, and ate very well. It was nice to get a bit of chill time as this trip is always full on.
After that, we headed to Taupo. Taupo is where I come from, and where most of my family is. I arrived at my Mum’s and we immediately started chatting from there! It was really good to reconnect with Mum. I don’t get to see her in person that often, every three years or so, so it was great to see her.
I stayed a week in Taupo, having a nosy around the town and how it’s doing. There are a lot of new buildings, but a lot of things that are exactly the same, in a good way. I do miss Taupo, and I am proud to come from there.
My husband went to Wellington to see friends, but I decided to stay in Taupo to see family, as I have a lot to see! I met a lot of dogs, cats, and babies on this trip. It was really nice to see old friends and family and have a talk about what everyone is up to now.
After a week in Taupo, we headed up to Hamilton for another couple of days, and then back up to Auckland. We saw a few friends there and it was a really nice end to our holiday.
All in all, it was a great trip, although it was tough to leave. We always think about where we’d like to live, and now that we have a house in the UK, we are fairly permanent however we would pick up sticks to move back to New Zealand also. It’s very tough to not see your own family as often, but thank god for Skype!
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