Locations over the summer

2016 was a challenging year for us to say the least.  We had some really great things happen like the engagement and buying our first home, but then some really curve ball things that took us by surprise. The Summer holidays this year were exactly what we needed to hit refresh.

In New Zealand we holiday in the Summer generally from just before Christmas till a week or so after New Years. Shaydens family religiously holiday at Glendhu bay Wanaka, a beautiful bay nestled among the roots of Mt Aspiring and Roy, so many fond memories have come from there. Back here in Chritchurch we decided to have Christmas at our place. There were Christmas crackers, beautiful cuts of meat, duck fat roasted potatoes and deserts to die for… Georgias family really know how to step up when it comes to entertaining.

The whanau

Following Christmas we HAD to catch up with friends, we have the best friends and it had been far too long with the trip to Melbourne and buying our home, December packed with birthdays and events it had been a while since we all got together. Out came all the left overs and deserts on boxing day it was so great knowing that they were helping our waist lines as well as helping us relax haha.

On the 30th we were en route to Wanaka with our friends Myles and Nadia (camping without family this year). We had an amazing time together, copious amounts of alcohol, laughter and banter, it was exactly what a holiday is for! The weather wasn’t full sunshine like most years but it was warm and the rain stayed away so thats all that matters. We decided we would give Roys Peak our best effort and boy was it a stunner, if you are ever in Wanaka we highly recommend it if you have 3-5 hours spare and a good camera. Just be prepared to wait 15 minutes at the top for a pic – there is literally a line haha.

Wanaka is a stunning town and a great alternative to Queenstown if you are are like us and prefer to lounge at the lake and have beers at the camp. Two of our favourite eateries are also in Wanaka, Urban Grind and Federal Diner are worth the trip alone haha.

We popped down to Te Anau to visit Shaydens Parents, Sisters and our gorgeous Nephew. They have the kiwi dream location down there, a big house with stunning views, remote but not too far from the town and wide open spaces. Te Anau is always a great trip, we always bypass Queenstown now because we can’t wait to get amongst the walks along the lake and be in some of the most un-touched land on earth. Our family down there are always a laugh too – we don’t get down enough!!!! We stopped in at Wapati Cafe where Shaydens sister works and the whole whānau ended up popping in haha (must be the local). Shaydens dad had the standard “two hotdogs and sauce” hahaha.

Saying goodbye always sucks because you wish family were closer but we had to head off early to catch Shaydens Nana and cousins in Winton and other grand parents in Gore. It was about 1pm and we were en route now to Mosgiel to stay with Shaydens Mum, step dad and siblings.  It was so great catching up with them too.  It was a stunning evening and they treated us to a beautiful meal at Harbour side bar and Grill in Dunedin.  Was quite nice having time to stop by a few places on our way home like Oamaru …. who knew it was such a nice town haha.

When we finally got home 1720km later we literally crashed haha. having 3 days at home was a great opportunity to take a look at the house now that we are all relaxed and appreciate it…. but we were noticing things like the gardens had big spaces and where Shayden pruned a tree the past owners didn’t paint the fence behind it haha – so It gave Shayden something to do for the next three days.

2017 is looking great already.  It will be dedicated to getting fit and shredding for the wedding. We are also looking forward to whatever opportunities come for Mooch Style!

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Shayden and Georgia