On the Waitangi weekend Milorad came to our house to pick me (Niclas) and Papa up for the drive to new Plymouth over the weekend. It toke us round about 4 hours to get there because there was no traffic. When we arrived at our room in the motel, we sorted our stuff and borrowed us three bikes. We rode to the mall and bought some new sun glasses and then did the coastal walkway which was nice but the wind was pretty annoying.
Sunday was the day we tackled Mt Taranaki. At 4:15 we woke up got ready to rumble.
We were at the car park (which is at the Mt. Taranaki Visitors Center at 952 masl) at around 5:30 am and started walking up to the Tahurangi Lodge (1468 masl) in the darkness at 5:40 am. One part on the way to the Tahurangi hut walk is called The Puffer, we watched the sun rise on the part just before the Puffer. We then went up the puffer it was the hardest part of the on the way to Tahurangi Lodge because it was very steep. When we finally reached the lodge we had a short break.
At about 7:20 we started walking again and had to get up a lot of stairs, which led to the hardest part of the Mt Taranaki the scoria which is a very steep path covered in lose gravel. I always slid down a couple of meters.
My favorite part of Mt Taranaki was the Lizard Rock it had lots of rocks that were different sizes that we had to climbed up. When we finished that part (I had to wait for the other two) we reached the crater which was covered in snow and ice. It was slippery and hard to overcome as I constantly slid back again when I gained some hight, but Papa gave me some tips and I was able reach the top where we ate our lunch and took some pictures. We also had a snow ball fight.
As we went down Papa twisted his ankle, I stumbled and a big rock rolled against the back of my leg and Milorads shoe sole came off. The way up was physically challenging but on the way down we had lots of little challenges to accomplish. So it took us four hours to get back down to the car.
When we were back at the motel Papa and me went to church which was followed with a nice dinner at a Thai restaurant. Papa had a dish called suicide bomber it was very hot, Milorad had phad thai yellow noodles and I had normal phad thai. When we got back Papa and Milorad had a beer and I was watching a movie, then we went to bed.
On Monday we started our way back home. On the way we visited a very nice park in New Plymouth with a big lake and waterfalls that start pouring down water if you press a button. We walked around a little. Then started our long drive home. We ended our beautiful weekend with an ice at our favorite ice cream shop, liky liky.
I really enjoyed this weekend cause it was challenging and fun.
it is this time of the year again and this year we’ll just give you a little summary of what we were up to 🙂
Before we start – we wish you all a blessed and merry Christmas and a good slide into the new year 2017. We’ve been waiting for the school holidays as Marcus’s Mum and brother will arrive in less than a couple of weeks and we’ll all have a great break after a very busy 2016.
The beginning of last year we celebrated in Sydney. We stayed at Alexis’s house for almost two weeks and enjoyed the views & some of NSWs nice beaches.
In April the busy sports season started – man – Niclas had sometimes 4 games per weekend and training every day during the week. Vicki did Netball & dancing and Max also played football. Together with the music lessons they are getting after school this almost brought us over the edge. But after all – the kids love it…
In June we finally got to have a few days off and we went up north:
At the end of October – Claudia stopped working with Porse as she found a great job as a day care centre chef close by. That though meant that everyone got even busier as she’s now working everyday from 10 – 2pm – but she’s had a great impact there already after only 6 weeks and loves it being back at work.
And finally a listing of all the concerts and shows our kids were doing this year:
It was the last day at home for us after we already had a few days of school holidays. It was Wednesday and we went on a 4 Hour Drive up north again – just like last time.
On the way we went to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds were we went on a guided tour. The local Maori guide showed us all around we saw a big Waka and the house where the treaty was negotiated and the best was at the end – a real Maori show with a welcoming ceremony (which was dangerous as the Maori’s wanted to see if we want to fight them) a Haka and lot’s of singing and dancing.
At the end we got a price (Niclas, Max, me & Cecilia) as we answered out some quiz questions.
Then we went on a big drive (1 hour) we were so surprised when we arrived after a little while only.
Niclas and Max went to the car to get the bags out. The first night we slept in the room next to the room of mum and Dad, while my big bothers wer sleeping downstairs beside the garage. I got to watch TV but sadly I wasn’t allowed to watch to the end as the movie was too long.
The day after we went to the beach and we had a day on the beach while unfortunately Mum & Luke wer sick – at the beach we were building a dam at a little river and a boy with his body-board helped us to build it by putting the sand on that.
The next day we went to my friend Laura and we went to a mud field and we had to go bare-feet in the mud and then we had to go and wash my feet. Laura and I then made a play-world out of palms and plants that we called Flip Flop Wonderland.
The last full day of our holidays, Mum and Luke were finally feeling a little bit better and we went to a nice beach where we spent half the day at a really nice beach with lots of little islands in the bay where we played in the sand.
On Sunday we went back home and had a nice lunch in the flying Moa restaurant.