Snowy New Zealand

Oooh! Those mountains are close!, originally uploaded by Chrstopher.

It’s certainly different in the far south of New Zealand to anything we’ve seen in Australia. They’ve got proper winters here. As you can see, the approach to Queenstown airport was pretty amazing. We swooped in over the mountains and could actually see people going up on chairlifts.

As mentioned by Louisa, we also did some skiing ourselves. You can see some photos of that here.

Croco cruise

We went croco cruising down a mangrove swamp and saw three crocodiles  2 females and the 1 and only male !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skiing on the Mountainside.

Two days ago we went cross country skiing and had a go at going down, up and flat with skis. First of all we had a lesson so we could learn exactly how to cope and use the sticks and other equipment. First of all we tried going flat (which lead to falling over ALOT!) Next we tried a slope which was defnately the hardest bit. After our full length lesson we were aloud to go freestyle. Next we tried out the Mary’s Trail for Begginners. It involved some hard work and a pit stop for a picnic in the snow. I was eager to carry on unlike Anna so i repeated the trail with dad, while Anna and Mum made a snow man!!! Just a quick note: Following on from Dad’s Post below or on the homepage, another way to keep children happy whilst travelling around the world is to give them an ice-cream every day!!!! 🙂

Halfway through

So we’re into the second half of our trip now. It seems like it has gone by pretty quickly, although it also seems a lifetime ago we were catching the taxi to Heathrow. So what lessons have we learnt so far about travelling around the world (with children?)

  1. It’s a good idea to have multiple bank accounts. So if the ATM rejects one card, it might accept the other. From our statistically insignificant sample of 2 accounts, HSBC beats Smile hands down. Beth has only had her card rejected once. I’ve had my card rejected in every country we’ve been to. I have been given cash on the odd occasion though.
  2. Kids like routine. So if you’re staying in a different place every other day they might find it hard to get off to sleep. So take this into account and build in some time just to ‘chill out’. They say you should pack by getting everything you need and then take half of it. I think when travelling with children you should draw up your itinerary and then cut out half of it.
  3. TripAdvisor is generally a good guide. If it gets a good write up, then it probably is a pretty decent place. Unless it’s in Alice Springs. Seriously, that place is just screwed up (with the exception of the excellent reptile centre). But read between the lines. Somewhere that’s great value for backpackers might not be right for you.
  4. Don’t bring light coloured socks for the children unless you really like handwashing in hotel sinks!