We started our trip to New Zealand at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport with lunch. I had a hotpot and Luke had Burger King. We decided to let Jude try his first french fry and he looooved it.
The 12-hour journey to NZ was pretty tiring. It is certainly harder traveling with Jude now that he is mobile and a stomach sleeper. Thankfully he is not a big cryer but to get him down to sleep took a lot of work. A big annoyance we found was that the bassinets on Air NZ are quite high up and also right under the no-smoking lights (which are incredibly bright) so we found it super duper hard to block out all light.
For the first few days in NZ we were based in Auckland. The weather was beautiful when we arrived so we hit the streets and reacquainted ourselves with the NZ lifestyle.
Jude was exhausted and kept falling asleep at random times the first day!
Jude has only met his Grandma (Luke’s Mum) so we were excited for him to meet the rest of the family. Our first night we had Aunt Dominica over to meet Jude and have dinner.
Our second day in Auckland we were up early and ready to do some more walking.
We made our way to the Domain and enjoyed looking at all the beautiful flowers,
and views of Auckland Harbor.
That evening Jude met his Grandpa for the first time and after we dined on fish and chips.
Our last day in Auckland we met up with Dominica for a sushi lunch in the park.
It was Jude’s first time crawling on grass!
That evening Jude met Aunt Abby and Uncle Brad.
Then we made our way to Grandma’s house in Thames.
We Skype with Elizabeth all the time so Jude was already used to her.
Jude also met Aunt Faith,
Aunt Renee and Uncle Ash,
hung out with Abby more,
as well as Dominica.
We were especially excited to introduce Jude to his Great-Grandfather and his partner, Daphne.
Jude was one very happy little boy after Daphne gave him milk arrowroot cookies to munch on!
To be continued…