This was 2 hours of complete and utter fun, and not just for the kids.
Just do it – even if you’ve been to the Zoo a thousand times before. The night walk is a great chance to see the animals without all the crowds, and to learn more about them all from the knowledgeable team who manage this event.
A couple of weeks of a simpler life are good for the soul – yet so many people make camping so much harder than it needs to be.
Skiing may not be a cheap pastime, but if you are the kind of family that likes to take a winter holiday then skiing can be value for money when compared with, say, a winter escape to the islands. This time last year we bit the bullet and invested in annual ski passes. We did the math and figured that so long as we had at least four days on the slopes we were getting value for money. But of course there’s more to skiing than lift passes. There’s the gear, the accommodation and the cost of simply getting there and back. Winter 2016 passes have just gone on sale, so it’s time for us to crunch the numbers and decide whether we got value for money. The cost of annual ski passes Last year our passes cost $1,100 for our family of five – a pretty good deal given the ‘rack rate’ for all mountain passes for a family of five is around $360 per day. After just three days on the slopes, we’d …
As it turned out, having to listen to Boney M at full blast for the entire overnight bus trip was the highlight. It all went downhill from there.
The slopes are closed. The kids have gone feral. You’re at the end of your tether. And it’s only 9am.
Taking the family skiing is not for the faint-hearted – but with a little bit of planning it can be a rewarding experience for everyone.
It’s an accessible lifestyle choice regardless of where you live or what you earn. Sure, if you earn a lot you can afford to spend more – but when it comes to experiences, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Giving presence is about spending time and creating memories with the special people in your life.
My sister loves nothing more than a good bush walk which made choosing a birthday experience for her fairly easy – we are a bit spoilt for choice in our part of the world. Of all the experiences I’ve given as a gift this year, this one was the most rewarding for both the gift givers and the gift receiver. There’s nothing like two days on a bush clad island full of the most beautiful birdsong to reboot both the body and the mind. Where we went We went to Tiritiri Matangi – a bird sanctuary on an island just off the Whangaparoa Peninsula. You can take a ferry from Auckland CBD which takes about 75 minutes, or drive to Gulf Harbour (where there is plenty of free parking, and a drop-off zone makes it easy to get gear from your car to the ferry) and pick the ferry up there for a quick 20 minute ride across the water. What we did Most people visit Tiritiri Matangi on a day trip, but there is …