Culture and concerts

Te Puia

Sorry about that! Forgot to mention we were off for 11 days in New Zealand, and all the craziness that comes from organising that. We had a fabulous time immersing ourselves in the Maori culture and catching up with old friends.

We visited the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland. We travelled down to Hamilton via the amazing Waitomo Caves, where we took the Glowworm tour – WOW! Just like little fairy lights on the cave roof, with us sailing underneath on a boat ride.

Next to Rotorua where I went crazy photographing all the amazing wood carvings. We visited some mud pools and geysers at Te Puia (for all things Maori). We stayed with some friends we haven’t seen in far too long in Wellington, where Te Papa museum is a must see for us. We visited last time we were there and couldn’t wait to visit again.

Ella is teaching herself the art of poi dancing, with a few tips from a professional. The girls even went up on stage to practice their poi dancing in a Maori concert we attended. As you can see from the photo, Ella takes her poi very seriously.


And Mia loved the kiwis the best, but being nocturnal they are very tricky to photograph, so how about a photo of Mia at Lake Taupo instead?

We had a fabulous time but, as one is after a holiday with children, glad to be home. I went crazy photographing all the amazing wood carving all over the North Island, but won’t bore you with those. I really took a lot of photos of wood.

The week before we went away I used up all my social outings for the year in one week! First Jamie and I went to see Jack Johnson in concert, who was fabulous. Matt Costa was the support act (another fave of mine), and I was impressed with special guest G Love. 

Mum and I also went to see Harry Connick Jr. in St Kilda. Wow – love that band! People who think he is a real crooner have not seen him with a full brass band belting out the funky jazz tunes. He is certainly a man who gets better with age! If only I could play the piano like that (sigh).

So, that was how we spent the school holidays. Do I look relaxed?


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