Going all the way back to March…
We only had a few nights in our new apartment in Taipei before we headed off on our big trip to New Zealand and Rarotonga.
We flew from Taipei – >Hong Kong -> Auckland. Trying our best to rest and refuel at the lounges in between. Noodles in Taipei:
Dim sum in Hong Kong:
We had a lot of space on the long flight from Hong Kong to Auckland.
But Jude still did not want to sleep.
We took turns throughout the 11-hour journey keeping him occupied.
And then finally we made it to Auckland, rented a car, and drove 1.5 hours to Thames. The first stop for us was the supermarket to get some supplies.
We had five days there and the weather was great so we made the most of it.
Jude had his first real fish and chips experience.
Although he preferred to feed the seagulls his chips instead of eating them.
We spent a lot of time with family – Grandma, Aunt Abby, Uncle Brad, Aunt Renee, Uncle Ashley, and Aunt Dominica all came round for visits.
And helped out heaps with meals, playtime and bath time.
Grandma worked on Jude’s musical talents.
We all ate a lot of delicious NZ apples (we really miss these in Taipei!).
Jude spent hours vacuuming,
And cuddling with Dad:
After Thames, we flew to Wellington where Luke had a week of work stuff to attend to. So Jude and I hit the streets – it was fun taking him around to all the places Luke and I used to go to – like Parliament, which we walked by everyday for two years on our way to/from work.
Also in Wellington are two aunties! Pearl and Faith are both at Uni there and so we got to spend a lot of quality time together!
In between our walks around town, we met up with my old work colleagues and contacts for coffees and lunches.
It was busy, busy.
But not so busy that we didn’t have time for gelato! Oh, how we’ve missed Kaffee Eis! I got to introduce Jude to my favorite flavor – ginger nut.
Ohhh sooo good!
Dad joined us too,
And we all enjoyed our delicious snack in the sun.