Family Friendly Luxury In Fiji At The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

3 years ago I wrote about an article about romantic and family friendly luxury hotels. In it, I included the magical sounding Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji.  Why so romantic? Aside from the fact that it’s in the South Pacific, every child gets their own nanny/buddy.  Yes you read that right, each child gets their own nanny!

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Dolphins In Akaroa

We ended our week’s roadtrip on the South Island with two nights on the beautiful Banks Peninsula. We chose the historic French/British settlement of Akaroa, as we were meeting friends who were flying into Christchurch and it’s only a 90 minute drive from the airport. The area is absolutely stunning, formed by remnants of volcanoes whose natural harbours teem with marine life.

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Fun In Dunedin!

Famed for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Having spent the past few nights on the move (Christchurch, Mount Cook, Oamaru), we finally had the chance to call somewhere home for more than one night. And what a home it was! Dunedin is an amazing city to kick back and spend some fun family time.  

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A night in Oamaru

After spending the night in the splendour of the Southern Alps and an amazing morning on the Tasman Lake, we drove Southeast towards Oamaru. Oamaru, an old farming town, is in the Waitaki District and a convenient spot to spend the night before heading on to Dunedin.  Oamaru is also home to some fun attractions, including the famed Steampunk HQ, more on that later…

Where did we stay

I wanted a clean, cheap motel that would house us in two separate bedrooms.

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Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook

A word of warning.. visiting New Zealand may spoil any future holidays. The beauty of the South Island is so arresting that it is simply hard to beat. Case in point, the two days we spent in Lake Tekapo and Aoraki / Mount Cook.  It took us about 2.5 hours to drive to Lake Tekapo from our first night’s stay on Warwickz Farm.  

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