It’s no secret that I fucking love Friday’s so today is the happiest day of the week for me! We were supposed to be doing an art project today but Miss I is still slightly under the weather thanks to her bloody ears, so instead of that, I’m sharing a few of my favourite snapshots from our recent trip to Rotorua. Unfortunately it wasn’t just for a wee break away but in between family time and scattering my beloved nana’s ashes, we made some time to visit a few places I used to go to when I was a kid!
Nana lived in Rotorua for most of her life so every July school holidays and most Christmas’s, we made the 5 hour drive up from Wellington to spend time with her. It’s such an awesome wee place with tons of fun things to do and we were incredibly lucky to be able to spend so much time there as kids. Although I found it hard to go back after the last 12 months, I’m pretty stoked that we got to make a whole lot of new family memories under the circumstances.
We hit Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park early on a Saturday morning for a wee bit of animal adventuring. You wouldn’t think that there was this gorgeous wildlife park (with Lions!) nestled in the ranges but there bloody is and it’s still my favourite place to go even after like…. 12 years (the last time I went, I was 15- eek!). It’s so peaceful!
Miss I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST being able to get up close and see, pat and feed all of the animals. Even if you don’t have kiddos, I highly recommend a visit and fill your water bottle with the fresh spring water! I think her favourite part of the visit was the cheeky goats that wanted some food and a scratch.
And of course, you can’t go to Rotorua without visiting the geothermal mud pools! We spent tons of time at Kurau park when we were little as it is just down the road from Nana’s house. N had never been before so it awesome to take him and Miss I and stroll around with my mum and dad. Miss I’s fav part was being able to run across the bridge over a big thermal pool and have her glasses fog up… It’s the little things right?!