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Sydney, Australia | Auckland, New Zealand | Travel Post 5

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I still can’t believe we had five months of travel last year. Six countries in one year (England/France/Italy/Australia/New Zealand/Zimbabwe).  What a real treat! Nick and I will definitely remember this for a long time to come.

Following up from my blog post on our tours in Europe, we had the privilege of traveling to Australasia during October/November – a three week trip meeting up with special people along the way.

First stop was Sydney – and after a very long flight and trying to recover from the jet lag, we found ourselves in the company of great friends of ours, Richie and Marina (and little baby Ruby). Nick and I were to be involved in their wedding for photography and music, and we soon made our way up to gorgeous Byron Bay for the festivities. If you didn’t get a chance to see the photos, you can HERE.

After that stunning wedding we hooked up with our friends Avril and Madeleine. Madeleine has been a good friend of mine since school and she had immigrated out to Sydney a few years ago.  It was such a joy to see what kind of life she was enjoying in this gorgeous city. While we stayed with Madeleine & Avril, I celebrated my 30th birthday.  I never thought I would be spending this ‘mile stone’ birthday in another country and Madeleine and Avril made the celebrations so special!

Wow! What a city Sydney is! Loved it there! The water, the weather, the opera house, funky restaurants, beaches and all the crazy wildlife to boot made for a great experience.

Next up was Auckland, New Zealand! Hooking up with old South African friends of ours, Sean & Sue, and meeting their new little addition, Ava, made our hearts happy. Auckland has its own charm: the yachts, islands, volcanoes, beachside towns and spiraling roads. Driving through to Tauranga to see the De Beer family added to the excitement. Their two girls are too cute! New Zealand is so breathtakingly beautiful and pristine! So much open space and natural landscapes. It is such a pity it’s so far away!

One more travel post to come – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

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Nick really couldn’t wait to get out for a surf….

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How cute is this little Wombat?…

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But the Koalas were my favourite!

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Regular watchers of the soapie ‘Home & Away’ might recognize this…

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Thank you to Richie & Marina for the wonderful champagne delivered to our hotel room for my 30th!

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We visited Sydney’s Zoo.  Found it very strange to see giraffes with a city in the background!

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The lovely Madeleine & Avril…

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The amazing ‘Mr Woo’ restaurant we ate at for my birthday….

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And then off to New Zealand…

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The amazing view of Tauranga…

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Taking a quick rest after climbing the mountain…

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The lovely De Beer family…

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Nick helped with carrying the kids up the mountain…

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View of Auckland from a dormant volcano..

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