Hamilton July 2019
Food – Punnet Eatery located on a strawberry farm in Tamahere has the best cafe playground. The playground included an aeroplane, helicopter, boat, trampoline, swing set and slide. The kids loved it. We had a coffee and some fluffies with friends. The food looked great too. You could dine outside near the playground or inside at the restaurant, they also had a homeware and gift shop called The Country Providore. We had dinner at The Roaming Giant pub. The service was great and the kids were each given an activity bag that included stickers, colouring and activity books. We ate delicious tacos, pizza and burgers from the snack menu.
Activities – Unfortunately it rained a lot while we were in Hamilton. The Hamilton Zoo is an amazing zoo and definitely worth a visit perhaps on a fine day so you get to see all the amazing animals out and about. The kids absolutely adored the gorillas and the gorilla pictured above particularly liked Miles and played peek a boo with him. My nearly 3 year old walked the whole way around the zoo and my 17 month old spent a bit of time in the pram and walking. The path was very pram friendly. We had a lovely walk around Lake Rotoroa and played at the playground at the lake domain. I highly recommend this play area as there was equipment for all ages. The kids loved the swings with a lake view, sandpit with ride on digger and the fenced play area with climbing frames for toddlers.
toddler Activities for long haul flight
Flying long haul with small humans can be tough so I have put together a list of some ideas I have come up with for taking on board to keep the little ones happy and busy and you sane.
– Magnetic fishing game
– Hape train maze puzzle
– Insect threading set
– Magnetic tiles/building blocks
– Paw patrol puzzle
– Play felt unicorn book
– My first activity book/busy book = contains buttons, zips etc
– Toy binoculars
– Toy truck
– Colouring books, crayons, coloured pencils
– Alphabet cards
– Children’s magazine = usually come with a free gift, activity pages, popular character
– Peppa pig stamp set
– Lots to spot farm book – children search for the hidden images
– Scratch boards – scratch off colouring cards
– Busy vet book – Interactive book with push, pull and turning mechanisms
– Playtown farm book – a lift-the-flap book
womad March 2019
I highly recommend WOMAD – World of Music, Arts and Dance. This is a family friendly festival that takes place over 3 days in March every year in the Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth. This was the first year Ham and I had been to the event and we are now planning on taking the kids every year. What an amazing event for all ages. Great food, music and kids activities. And the kids were FREE with an adult ticket.
Food – Every type of food truck/stall you could imagine. There was a Taste the World stage where you can watch cooking demonstrations from cuisines from around the world.
Music – Performers come from all over the world. We loved Amjad Ali Khan a sarod player from India and Angelique Kidjo who had an amazing stage presence.
Kids Zone – This was situated in Brooklands Zoo where there is an existing playground. There was face painting, arts and crafts and for the older kids poem writing.
Camping – Camping is available for this 3 day event which would be an awesome family weekend away. I am originally from New Plymouth so we just stayed at my family home. We would definitely be keen to try a 3 day camping ticket in the future.
Transporting the baby – We decided to take the baby carrier to transport Miles around, it worked great and he even managed to have a nap. There was plenty of people with prams too so that is definitely an option for transporting the kids around.
Blenheim july 2018
Getting there/back: We took a ferry ride from Wellington to Picton on the Interislander. We had a play at the playground in Picton prior to traveling home, would recommend this prior to hoping on-board to use up some toddler energy. We took a few toys but Abi just enjoyed running around the ferry and eating on-board food. Miles slept on us as he was only 5 months at the time. This was a pretty smooth trip and we just took turns taking Abi outside to look at the views.
Wineries: My brother from Christchurch met us for a day to visit wineries. We had amazing food and wines at Saint Clair Family Estate. I had an absolutely delicious pork belly and Abi had an awesome kids platter that she was super happy with. It included fresh fruit, popcorn, ham, cheese and cherry tomatoes. It was the school holidays so her meal was free with my main. They gave her a colouring in activity to do while we waited. We also visited Spy Valley Wines that had a collection of childrens toys for Abi to play with.