Geysers, crater of the moon and prawn fishing.

Yesterday we went to see a geyser that goes off 10.15 every day. It rained, it was windy and it was cold. But the geyser was really cool. We walked around the area and there were different pools with different coloured water. If it would have been a little bit better weather it could have been a great walk.

After our walk we went home, had a nice long bath and an early dinner.

Today the sun has been out and it has been a lovely day. We went to a prawn farm, they had big ponds where you could catch your own prawns. First, we took a walk around the area and they had set up climbing areas, bikes where you pump out water as you cycle, swings, peddle boats and lots more. We spent about four hours there. I managed to catch three prawns, the boys-none! I don’t like them so Stephen took them to the restaurant and then ate them.

On the way home from the Prawn place we stopped at a waterfall and a place called crater of the moon land. The waterfall was impressive and when we got to the crater of the moon land it was even more so. There were hot springs under the ground so there were smoke everywhere. Pretty cool.

 

This is the boys standing right next to a crater with steam coming out of it.
This is the boys standing right next to a crater with steam coming out of it.
Crater
Crater
Crater
Crater
Different pools with cool colours.
Different pools with cool colours.

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There is alot of steam coming out of these craters.
There is alot of steam coming out of these craters.

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This is the big geyser that goes off at 10.15 every day.
This is the big geyser that goes off at 10.15 every day.

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Mud pools.
Mud pools.
Henry can't stand up propery on any of our pictures anymore :)
Henry can’t stand up properly on any of our pictures anymore 🙂

Up and Down
Up and Down
Stephen keep swinging towards Henry and he dosn't really trust Stephen not to crash into him
Stephen keep swinging towards Henry and he dosn’t really trust Stephen not to crash into him

Prawn fishing
Prawn fishing
This is our special family...
This is our special family…
He is my special husband
Shawn the prawn
Stephen tried not to get wet but he got wet later on.

Yes I caught 3 prawns. And no I don't eat them.
Yes I caught 3 prawns. And no I don’t eat them.
Henry wanted to keep them and take them home.
Henry wanted to keep them and take them home.
Alot of water.
A lot of water.
The crater of the moon land
The crater of the moon land
At the crater of the moon
At the crater of the moon

 

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New Zealand, hobbits, hot springs and Tamaki Maori Village.

New Zealand is exciting, loud, fun, cold, friendly.

We have been in New Zealand for five days now and so far, we have experienced so much fun.

 We arrived in Auckland and met up with some friends that we got to know on Fiji. Henry and Aria had a playdate while we sat around drinking tea and talking about travels. It turns out she stayed in Antibes, France as well about 15 years ago. Small world.

The boys also had a haircut as it was about 12 weeks since the last one.

 We got our car 2 days ago and drove to Hahei on the Coramandel Peninsula. We stayed at a hotel called the church and around there they had a hot spring beach. It was freezing cold but all the people there were in swimwear laying in hot puddles that they had dug out.

I didn’t think it was going to be that hot but it really was. The further away from the water you dug the hotter it got, around 60 degrees. But it was only in certain spots. We were not in swimwear but we stood with our feet in the water and it was wonderful. Earlier in the day we went on a boat to spot some whales and dolphins. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any. But we did see a baby seal and some beautiful caves. It was a great trip but it ended quickly when the rain come over us.

 The weather has been pretty good, around 16 degrees and the sun has been out most days. Don’t get me wrong it’s no Fiji or Hawaii but it is nice.

 Then we drove on and checked into a hotel in Rotorua. This hotel is excellent. It is a real five star hotel with two bedrooms, a living area and two bathrooms. From this hotel we took the car up to Hobbiton. Stephen has seen and read all the films and books and knows everything about them. I have seen the films but don’t remember much (except Orlando Bloom) But it was still an exciting day. We went there on a quiet time a year, there were still people but not busload after busload. We had a lovely guide that took us around and I really recommend to go there even if you haven’t seen the films or read the books. It is a beautiful place and it is a lovely walk around.

 This morning we went and did some canopy walking, it was pretty nice a 500m of walk up in the trees.

In the evening, we went to Tamaki Maori Village Hangi and concert. A bus came and picked us up from our hotel and took us to a village out in the woods. There was a lovely welcome with everyone in the village in traditional clothing and tattoos. They took us around to different areas where they told us about their daily life. They then showed us how they cook food underneath the earth. And while the food was being prepared they had a show for us with the Haka to finish. Amazing.

The food was yummy and the whole evening was special.

On the way home the bus driver went a bit mad and was singing in all kinds of languages and went round and round the roundabouts. Henry thought he was hilarious. He was going to drive around another roundabout but then the police came with their lights on so he didn’t dare. The police weren’t for him but it was just so funny. He had the whole bus in stiches and nobody wanted to get off when it was their stop.

It was such a wonderful place. Really magical.
It was such a wonderful place. Really magical.
Here we are in the speed boat. Trying our best to see a whale, but sadly we couldn't find any.
Here we are in the speed boat. Trying our best to see a whale, but sadly we couldn’t find any.

Some beautiful caves along the coast.
Some beautiful caves along the coast.
Baby seal
Baby seal
We had rain one minute and beautiful sunshine the next.
We had rain one minute and beautiful sunshine the next.
We did have to hide in one of these caves a few times when the rain came in hard.
We did have to hide in one of these caves a few times when the rain came in hard.
So the thing is, you come along with a spade, you dig yourself a hole and lay down in it. The water is about 60 degrees so you have to mix in some water from the sea as well.
So the thing is, you come along with a spade, you dig yourself a hole and lay down in it. The water is about 60 degrees so you have to mix in some water from the sea as well.
I didn't get my clothes of, but Stephen did.
I didn’t get my clothes of, but Stephen did.
The Hobbits!
The Hobbits!

I bet that the man who owned this land got quite alot of money...
I bet that the man who owned this land got quite alot of money…
Henrys rabbit Babbab has to come everywhere but this time he didn't do very well....
Henrys rabbit Babbab has to come everywhere but this time he didn’t do very well….

We would fit in here quite nicely.
We would fit in here quite nicely.
The green dragon. The pub in the Hobbit village.
The green dragon. The pub in the Hobbit village.

I really don't like high things, but the forest is so beautiful when the sun is out.
I really don’t like high things, but the forest is so beautiful when the sun is out.
The have these huge lanterns hanging from the trees that they lit up in the evenings.
The have these huge lanterns hanging from the trees that they lit up in the evenings.

22 differnt areas and 500 meters in total.
22 differnt areas and 500 meters in total.

An amazing welcome. Thery arrived by boat and came up and did the Haka.
An amazing welcome. Thery arrived by boat and came up and did the Haka.

Friendly and very happy.
Friendly and very happy.

Vinaka Fiji.

Tomorrow morning at a very early time we leave the Pacific Islands for New Zealand.

I have really no expectations for the next month, I just think it will be great.

 Our last day was spent in Big Bula Waterpark, with lots of slides! I’m not big on things that goes fast but even I went down a few. Stephen tried them all and Henry refused but played in the kiddy area.

We also tried the surfboard out, Henry “climbed” up a tower and he also got a Henna tattoo. It was the perfect end to Fiji.

 See you again I hope Fiji!

This is the adults version of the sharkslide. Although a lot of the kids went down it as well. Stephen loved it!
This is the adults version of the sharkslide. Although a lot of the kids went down it as well.
Stephen loved it!
Here comes Henry and Daddy!
Here comes Henry and Daddy!
This is the kiddy version of the shark slide.
This is the kiddy version of the shark slide.
Stephen did all the slides
Stephen did all the slides
Henry tried to ride the dolphins but the dolphins won the match.
Henry tried to ride the dolphins but the dolphins won the match.
Henrys favourite was the assault course .
Henrys favourite was the assault course .
Then Stephen and Henry had a fight and
Then Stephen and Henry had a fight and
Stephen slipped and Henry won :)
Stephen slipped and Henry won 🙂
There were so many cool slides. I do not like fast, high, things so I didn't do that many. But Stephen tried all of them, even the high blue one.
There were so many cool slides. I do not like fast, high, things so I didn’t do that many. But Stephen tried all of them, even the high blue one.
Henry and I coming down a slide.
Henry and I coming down a slide.
Me on top of the adult shark one! I did it!
Me on top of the adult shark one! I did it!
Henry wanted to climb so badly. The things were too far in between but they didn't mind pretending anyway.
Henry wanted to climb so badly. The things were too far in between but they didn’t mind pretending anyway.
Henry 14 seconds Me 14 seconds Stephen 38 seconds!
Henry 14 seconds
Me 14 seconds
Stephen 38 seconds!

Malolo Island Resort

We are having the most relaxing time here in Malolo Island resort.

Our days are pretty much the same, get up, go for breakfast, and I must say that the breakfast here is the best one for a long, long time. They have everything from cheeses to omelette to cooked breakfast to cakes. Love it.

 Then we leave Henry at the kid’s club. And again, it is the best kids club we have had for a long time as well. They have very good staff there, they have a set schedule that they keep themselves to every day. Like yesterday was water day. So, they taught all the children how to snorkel. First, they showed them a video how to do it, then they took them all down to the pool and gave them masks, snorkels and floating vest if they needed it. Then they helped them do it. In the afternoon, they took them on a boat with a glass bottom to show them the reef and the corals.

Today it was about nature so they were going for a nature walk where they were going to show them all the plants that you can use for medicine. And then they would get a visit from an iguana.  In the afternoon, they were going to walk on the beach, see the mangroves and build sandcastles.

 I am very impressed how they operate the club. Henry loves it.

So, Henry is there in the morning then we normally have a little rest, play a game, sleep or watch something on his kindle or read a book.

After that we go to the pool which is normally filled with kids that Henry plays with.

In the evenings, there is a buffet dinner for Henry and we get food from a menu. The food has been very tasty. It is not five courses but the portions are massive!

Henry has managed to fall asleep in his dinners twice.

Last night he fell asleep at 6.20 and he doesn’t normally go to sleep until 8 here so we thought he was going to wake up super early, but he woke up at 6.40 this morning all happy. I can’t even remember last time Henry had a 12-hour sleep!

 Fiji is finished in a few days’ time and it’s onwards to New Zealand. At the moment, it is around 10-15 degrees there and it is the coldest we have had for 6 months! We might have to do an emergency shop of hats and gloves and maybe a few extra jumpers. We’ll see.

 Fiji has been lovely. It is so far away though from Europe so probably not something we would do again. All the Polynesian islands have been great for different reasons.  

Hawaii was amazing, wild beaches, great body boarding, surfing and playing on the beach.

Samoa was backwards in a good way. Not so built up and touristy, green and friendly.

Fiji has had the more upmarket resorts with great pools and food. It is also very friendly, good kid’s clubs, beautiful beaches and snorkelling.

The morning view from this resort.
The morning view from this resort.
The poolarea. It has one for kids and one for adults.
The pool area. It has one for kids and one for adults.
The Malolo Island Resort
The Malolo Island Resort
Another sunset. Henry has been asking how the sun can be down here when it it up in England. So we have tried to explain that the earth is round and it goes around the sun the same time as it spins. It is very difficult, evry time you explain something another 100 questions are fired at you.
Another sunset. Henry has been asking how the sun can be down here when it it up in England. So we have tried to explain that the earth is round and it goes around the sun the same time as it spins. It is very difficult, evry time you explain something another 100 questions are fired at you.
the hamocks are not the most relaxing type.
the hammocks are not the most relaxing type.
Icecreams most days!
Ice-creams most days!
When you are too short but still want to play.
When you are too short but still want to play.
Friends
Friends
Sometimes Henry is more like me than I want to admit.
Sometimes Henry is more like me than I want to admit.

A no shoes rule in Fiji.

Fiji so far has been great. We haven’t had shoes on our feet for two weeks 😊Not even in the restaurants. I had to put on my flip-flop yesterday and it felt very strange.

The first hotel we stayed at was called the Hideaway Resort and it was lovely with a nice pool and beach. But the staff was really grumpy and you didn’t get many smiles. They had activities every day that Henry enjoyed like the water aerobics and a sun-dance. Henry was the first one up there to do the dance and everyone loved him.

It was a real kid place with a slide in the pool and pool-toys laying around. We didn’t do much, just laid around the pool, played and ate. Henry and I went to the Spa for a couples massage. He loved it and keep asking for an other one. 

We then took a ferry for 2 hours to Waya island where Octopus Resort  is located. This was a really lovely hotel. I would rate it at 5 stars out of 5. They were friendly, they had a great kid set up with a kids club and kids dinner with their own table and then a film for them when it was the grownups dinner time. Henry met so many friends there and we are meeting up with a few of them when we are traveling to New Zealand and Australia.

Why is it that the Kiwis and the Aussies are so friendly?

The food was also amazing, it was five course dinner every night. And when it was my birthday Stephen had arranged a song and cake for me. Slightly embarrassing but lovely at the same time. Stephen went on a snorkelling tour and saw a shark!!

We were really sad to leave that place because it was so nice. We were there for 4 nights and then the little boat took us out to the ferry again and the ferry took us a further 2-hour north to Nacula island, to a sister-resort to the Octopus called Blue Lagoon. It is as lovely as the last one. But there weren’t as many kids at the same age. At the blue lagoon we went to visit the village and school and we also went to the blue lagoon caves which was pretty cool. You had to dive down under water to get to  the second part and it was no light inside it. Henry and I stayed in the cave outside the black one.

Yesterday we took the ferry back towards the main land, jumped off at a small island where a taxi (speedboat) took us to another island called Malolo Island. The Mololo island resort is a pure 5 star resort and a big step up from what we had with octopus and blue lagoon. Even if we loved those places this one is pure luxury.  

 We are over halfway through our adventure already and the time has really flown by! We have had so much fun doing this but there have also been some difficult 3-year-old tantrums along the way. Sometimes I just want to pack up and go home. Those thoughts don’t last long though.

Henry has developed a lot around the world. He is more outgoing now, he would find friends and ask them to play or when there is a band on in the evenings he would ask the girls to dance because Henry loves dancing.

He would always hide behind me at home or wanted me to ask if they wanted to play. But he has conversations with anybody now and telling them that he is from the UK, just outside London but he was born in Norway.

I love hearing him tell people things because it is quite obvious that he is just saying things that we say.

Can you spot the man on top? He was standing there welcoming us and blowing a shell.
Can you spot the man on top? He was standing there welcoming us and blowing a shell.
Henry in the BLue lagoon caves
Henry in the Blue lagoon caves.
Henry in the caves.
Henry in the caves.
One of the islands on our way.
One of the islands on our way.
Octupus resort
Octopus resort
henry met some lovely friends in Octupus . We are meeting up with them in New Zealand.
Henry met some lovely friends in Octopus . We are meeting up with them in New Zealand.
The sunsets are so beautiful over here.
The sunsets are so beautiful over here.
Another evening, another sunset.
Another evening, another sunset.
Octopus resort
Here we are visiting the village. They were lovely and welcoming
Here we are visiting the village. They were lovely and welcoming
There are a couple of hundered people in the village.
There are a couple of hundred people in the village.
the cheifs house.
The chiefs house.
A traditional Fijian house., but they don't do them like this any more. They did still build them ike this in Samoa but here they are using other materials now.
A traditional Fijian house., but they don’t do them like this any more. They did still build them like this in Samoa but here they are using other materials now.
This is the village gym.
This is the village gym.
The villages had prepared a welcome dance and songs.
The villages had prepared a welcome dance and songs.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I had a lovely relaxing day.