When my parents come to visit from South Africa, we always do a trip of some sort. This year it was to do the top part of the North Island ie North of North…
First stop, Coromandel Town. 2 nights in a 2 bedroom historical cottage. New Year’s Eve eve(?) & New Year’s Eve itself. I use the term “2 bedrooms” loosely but the rather large bed in the lounge was quite dominant & therefore I’m saying the lounge was more a bedroom with a couch & TV. It was very quaint but not ideal for the kids…too many non kid-friendly things etc around Luckily we spent very little time at the actual cottage so it wasn’t too bad, although the kids may disagree!
We had a great time at Waterworks, although we didn’t have a go on everything due to 2 little people who had their own ideas about how the day was going to go down but we did get to see most of it. Eco-friendly water fun & endless amounts of interesting tidbits placed around the place.
There were so many other photos but I decided not to bore you to death with all the “family holiday snaps”. Next up….the Driving Creek Railway. A really interesting story if you have the time to head over & read about it. Hubby & I have been before, years ago, but definitely worth a second trip. Master 3 L.O.V.E.D it & Master 2 tolerated most of it but did have a couple of meltdowns along the way. It wouldn’t be a holiday if the kids didn’t make you work for it!
And no trip to Coromandel would be complete without time at the beach. Oamaru Bay is ideal for families, protected & calm. And the water is usually warm!
And before we knew it it was time to jump back into the van & head to Marsden Bay…a long drive but the boys were (mostly) great & tolerant. Lets just say we were all glad for the aircon. Oh, and the Ipad!
Lets just say there is sweet FA to do in Marsden Bay unless you have a boat! But 2 days of
relaxation on the beach entertaining the kids on the beach was great.
I’ll end there for now, come back for the next installment soon…